An award which must be shared
Published: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
My first reaction upon hearing from the South Dakota Newspaper Association that I was to be the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award was that there must have been an extreme shortage of nominees this year.
However, I know that not to be the case, so I proudly told my kids the news, and soon, considering how fast information can travel these days, the rest of my world knew. Thanks sincerely to all who have sent complimentary words my way since then.
When the SDNA sent out a news release about the impending honor, I was labeled a “long-time journalist.” That also means “old,” but both are correct.
In my acceptance speech at the convention in Rapid City, I shared proof of that by mentioning the Wenzels. Korrie is publisher at the Mitchell Daily Republic. Go back a generation, and there’s his dad Craig, who is publisher at Wessington Springs. Go back another generation, and there am I. I was Craig’s freshman English teacher in high school, and that was the first of my 17 years of teaching, all before I entered the newspaper business for which I was being honored! “Old” indeed!
One of the perks of living in a university town is the many speakers and events to which we are treated. Last month Capt. Mark Kelly, the astronaut and husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spoke at USD. He was asked by a student what advice he would give to someone graduating this year. His answer was all of four words — “Do something you enjoy.” Since joining the ranks of newspapermen in 1979, I have been able to do just that.
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