In recent years I have come to appreciate our fax machine more and more with every passing day.
It did for the newspaper industry what the microwave did for kitchens. In fact, I rank it a notch higher than the microwave. I doubt the Mrs. or any other woman would agree, but the fax has become like an additional employee in our newsroom.
For the price of a phone line each month, that’s a good employee.
To set the record straight, however, those three paragraphs were written many, many years ago…..actually decades ago
Today, my outlook has changed dramatically, and I would like to replace “fax” with “computer.” Just to set the record straight, however, I was never a real friend of the office fax machine and there are also times these days when I’m not on speaking terms with my computer.
And I have to honestly admit the microwave has moved up a bit into first place on my list of helpful and enjoyable pieces of equipment.
Looking back a few decades, having a computer at my disposal certainly would have been helpful, however.
Every once in a while I recall what it was like back then. Those were the days when the Claremont Daily Eagle was located on Sullivan Street and if people didn’t bring in their news releases or mail them directly, the information had to be taken over the telephone.
On days when there were several obituary notices, it was a tough job. And it didn’t get any easier as the daily deadline approached and there were still two or three obituary notices to type.
A reporter would take the obituary information over the telephone from a funeral home outside of Claremont and then had to read them back to make sure there were no mistakes made during the process. I disliked that job because you never wanted to make a mistake on any news release, especially an obituary notice.
The computer has proven its worth over the years, especially when dealing with press releases, obituary notices and late-breaking news stories that challenge the daily deadline.
At times though, there can be too many press releases that may end up in the nearby waste basket. The current Presidential campaign is a perfect example, especially with its large field of candidates.
If you live in Sullivan County it’s probably of little or no interest to know when a particular candidate will be making a stop in Berlin or Nashua, or Portsmouth. At some point it is likely they will all be making stops in Sullivan County or the New London area in Merrimack County if they haven’t already done so.
Who really cares about all the campaign visits any candidate plans to make in Iowa. On a recent Sunday morning a press release arrived from one of those candidates planning to open an office in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The press release stated that candidate will be the first campaign to have an office in that area, adding to the more than a dozen offices the campaign now has across Iowa.
One has to wonder if anyone in Spirit Lake, Iowa, will get excited if this candidate ends up opening an office in Claremont, N.H., and announces that move in a newspaper serving the Spirit Lake area.
For the record, the population of Spirit Lake is listed at 4,967 and it is the County Seat of Dickinson County, Iowa.
I recently ran into a gentleman who filled me in on a trip he made to Maine with his wife. It all came about because she was in the market for a new bedspread and couldn’t find one Made in America.
“She really believes in purchasing goods Made in America,” he revealed.
They learned of a woolen mill located in Monmouth, Maine, that made bedspreads. On their arrival at Monmouth, located between Augusta and Lewiston in Kennebec County, they went directly to Bates Woolen Mill where they viewed 26 workers, mostly women, making bedspreads. An American Flag was on display at the mill. After purchasing a bedspread, the couple headed for home.
On their return trip back to Washington, N.H., they stopped at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine. The husband purchased a pair of American-made boots at that location along with a pair of socks made in Northfield, Vt., with a message that informed him he was getting Darn Tough Socks, another Made in America product.
When I got home from work Friday afternoon I immediately went to my closet and upon checking found a couple of sweaters that were Made in China and Made in Vietnam.
Thanks to the successful Made in America effort by this Washington couple, I’ll try to be a bit more selective next time I go shopping.
But I’m still going to stick to my new lineup with the microwave at the top of my list. Microwaves bring enjoyment to the entire family.