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Bye, Bulletin

April 29th, 2010

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.

SB photo

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?


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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8 Responses to “Bye, Bulletin”

  1. Sam Urai:

    The front page when Hawaii became a state.

  2. Seawalker:

    Diane, I distincly remember that photo. It's your facial expression that probably what people remember most. But sheesh, what muscular arms! LOL

  3. Rodney Lee:

    Use your legs! Never lift with your back!

    *but then, what did we know back in the day... LOL

  4. Kage:

    Aloha Diane. My older sister had a similar experience. I do not know which paper it was.

    It was at the Wahiawa Carnival (when they used to have them). My dad was carrying her and the photographer asked for a photo. What he wanted was my sister to walk by herself as if she was lost. The caption read something about a lost child. My mom was a bit embarrassed.

  5. Michael:

    "It ain't over till the fat lady sings".
    It may seem hopeless but even with less hope there is still hope.

    Online is good but it also killed the sales of paper. I can't use my Laptop as I used the Sunday Comics. LOL

  6. Seawalker:

    One other thing, good luck at the Northern California Area Emmy Awards. If you don't toot your own horn, then I'll do it for you. Such a huge honor just to be nominated, much less the possibility of winning!

    You go girl!

  7. James:

    Is that a squash? The article refers to it as a squash. It looks more like a watermelon.

    The picture was your first taste of fame. Somewhere in the hidden recesses of your subconscious mind, the memory of being in the spotlight on the front page of the Bulletin lingered and could have sparked your interest in pursuing a news media career. That is why it is good to expose children to all kinds of things. Who knows? I was active in 4-H in high school and chose vegetable gardening as my main project. I ended up in a career in agriculture visiting vegetable farms among other things.

  8. Diane Ako:

    Kage, I laughed out loud at your sister's experience. OMG, way too funny. Now everyone in Central Oahu can know what a bad dad he was to have lost his kid. LOL

    James, I don't know what it was!

    Seawalker, THANKS! And oh... you remember that photo? Really? That's so crazy!

    Michael, You're right. Weirder things have happened with the Bulletin's history! I hope it does stay!

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