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From the publisher's desk: Searching for Charlotte

Note: This column appeared in November, 2007.  Recent columns have been about my time in Hawaii, so this one seemed relevant. Enjoy. MT

Recently I attended the annual Western Communications publishers’ meeting in Bend, Ore. Two days of meetings concluded with a dinner.  I made my way through the guests carrying a manila file folder marked “Charlotte.” I searched the room until I found the woman I was looking for and handed her the file. “I think you’ll find what you were looking for here,” I said. She opened the folder and saw a photograph of a woman holding a koala bear.

I have always been up front about how my career in the newspaper business started. I was attending graduate school at the University of Hawaii in 1974 and working part time at the University’s School of Public Health for $2.06 per hour. Mostly I filed, but in the late afternoons I carried mail to the campus post office. On the way I passed an employment bulletin board. One day I stopped to read the ads.

“Classified Advertising Telephone Salesperson needed for Hawaii Newspaper Agency. Excellent spelling and typing skills necessary.  $5.11/hour to start.  Contact Charlotte at 525-8000.”


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