4522RE: [aloha-donblanding] Sad day today in Honolulu
- Jun 8, 2010How sad.
I wonder where their archives are going. I had hoped to check them out.
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After 154 years, The Honolulu Advertiser's last day unfolds
By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer
Food, memories and good wishes continued to pour into The Advertiser
newsroom today as the staff prepared to put the state's largest newspaper
"to bed" for the final time.
Reporters, editors and photographers continued to dump notebooks, reports,
books and business cards, uncovering desktops that had not been uncluttered
And former staffers straggled in to witness the end of The Advertiser after
154 years of publishing.
Long-time readers continued to call into the newsroom, still unable to
comprehend what was happening following the sale by The Advertiser's owner,
Gannett Corp. Inc. to David Black, the owner of the rival Star-Bulletin.
Black has hired 28 Advertiser journalists and will produce a new broadsheet
newspaper starting Monday under the name Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
But today, the mood in The Advertiser was more reflective as one of the last
newspaper wars in America came to an end.
As is typical of weekends at the paper, a skeleton crew is on duty today.
They will cover today's news, post the last items on the website, write the
final stories. Tonight, the presses in Kapolei will roll and tomorrow you'll
read the result of all that labor - and love - the last Honolulu Advertiser.
In a much-appreciated gesture, Star-Bulletin photographer Craig Kojima just
stopped by the newsroom to wish us well.
Staffers cleared out desks and storage areas, uncovering everything from
typewriter ribbons from days gone way past to rubber stamps bearing the
names of past staffers. Other newsroom employees downloaded phone lists from
their work computers and just came by to share a story about their life at
the newspaper. Computer technicians hauled away computers to the new office,
leaving dust bunnies the size of Texas on desks. And Advertiser managing
editor for digital media Sandee Oshiro worked tirelessly helping to pack up
years of old photographs stored in the newspaper's library.
I wonder how many Blanding-related photos there are in that photographic
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