the lesson, part iii

Thirty days from now, two of our reporters will be gone and our managing editor will be gone as well.

Once again, this isn’t the big secret thing that has been lingering over this blog and has been contributing to the lack of posts.

But this change is significant. Excluding Bryan, who has indicated that he’ll leave when the coroner wheels him out of the newsroom, we’ll have a complete turnover in reporters. Since September 2012, I’ve went from somewhat of a contemporary of the news writers to one of the olds. I have at least nine years on one of the reporters as it is. I have reached peak 1980s references go over their heads. One of them was completely confounded by a corded phone. I haven’t taken an official poll, but I’m 99 percent certain the remaining reporters weren’t alive when the Berlin Wall fell.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

I was a little kid, but I remember Peter Jennings presenting that clip on ABC World News Tonight.

MISTER GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL.

PRESIDENT. 

RONALD.

REAGAN.

Sure, these whippersnappers have the nebulous fear of terror, but we had the CCCP.

But I digress.

I’m on the interview team for the new managing editor. That should be fun.

Being down two reporters is going to be rough, though. We’re going to lose two of our good, reliable workhorses. But we’ll get through it.

We’ll figure it out somehow.

But I can’t help but wonder if, in light of everything that will change as this late-blooming winter shuffles into spring, it’s over too soon.

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