---- — When I drove into the back lot at The Herald 40 years ago, sitting in my car almost afraid to get out, it was Jim who pulled in beside me. We walked in the back door, up the steps to the newsroom.
The first person I met was Lynn Saternow, who was a sports writer working under Johnny Pepe and Ray Swanson. Lynn introduced me to most everyone, not only in the newsroom, but everywhere in the building and out, like the Arena family of the former Wave Restaurant across the street.
Throughout four decades at The Herald, most of the employees I met on that sunny June day no longer work at the newspaper. Many have passed away, while the others have retired.
Lynn is still writing for The Herald as our sports editor, and only two others are left – Ken Morgan, who works in graphics, and Rusty Winger, who had worked for years in the composing room and today is a part of the circulation department. Rusty is set to retire soon, leaving Lynn, Ken and I as the “elder statesmen.”
To think that 40–year ride all started with that internship so many years ago – and that I almost drove out of the parking lot before it started.
What an invaluable experience – and thanks to Jim, for guiding a nervous rookie up the back steps and not letting him drive away.
Jim Raykie is the executive editor of The Herald and writes this column on Mondays.