By Diane Ako
I'm sorry to hear we're probably going to be a one newspaper town. I suppose it was a long time coming - another symptom of the troubles of the media industry as a whole - but still, I'm sentimental. In fact, my first ever media appearance was in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin!
I was going through some old photo albums recently and came across this: me at the State Farm Fair. I remember the moment fairly well.
We were with Auntie Bobbie, Uncle Warren, their two kids Shari and Mike, and their niece Melissa. Maybe Auntie Pat, too. In those days, we spent a lot of time with Auntie Bobbie.
We were milling around when a photographer came up looking for a shot. He asked Shari and Melissa to hold each end of the squash. Shari would not. She was - and probably still is - quiet.
I remember adults trying to coax the girls into a moment of fame. I think Melissa wouldn't either, because that's when he turned to me and asked if I would hold it myself.
I was pretty shy, so that began a new round of parental coaxing. "Yes, do it. It'll be fun! Just hold it!" I finally gave in and said OK. I remember feeling self conscious and goofy.
It was on the front page, and my mother bought a dozen copies. I also remember looking at the photo thinking what a dork I looked like!
This was a coincidence. It did not spark an interest in me to work for a news organization. That came a decade later. But, I think it's a fun thing to look back on.
Do you have any personal memories - or favorite memories - of either newspaper?
SPEAKING OF THE STAR BULLETIN...
Thanks, Erika! I'm headlining her Buzz today.
The Emmy committee surprised me by asking me to be a presenter. They specifically said they knew of the mass lay offs, and as the only staffer from the old newsroom who is going to the dinner, they thought it'd be a sentimental gesture. I am humbled by the fact that they'd even take that into consideration. It's a really classy offer. I will be honored to do it! KHNL representin'!
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