Top: A reporter who loves working every Thanksgiving


“You are working Thanksgiving?”

“Would not miss it.” I give the identical reply yearly.

Thanksgiving marks my first shift as a full-time, workers tv information reporter at WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, in November 1979.

It took ten years to get there…from writing a daily newspaper column for what’s now the Los Angeles Information whereas in ninth grade, to working in newsrooms, ending college, and surviving as photographer at a cross-town station.

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This Thanksgiving, as at all times, I’ll name my previous Pal David Busse. He helped me get that job at WAVE after which drew me as a reporter for his Thanksgiving straw. On at the present time yearly, we reminisce about overlaying the oldest home in Sellersburg, Indiana. It burned atop a hill that Thanksgiving morning. Dave acquired his pictures of the smoldering Civil Conflict relic. Then he turned the digital camera on all of the townspeople as they paid their respects.

One lady advised us the previous home had been haunted.

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“On Thanksgiving and Christmas, each story has the potential of being both a triumph or a tragedy,” Dave likes to say.

He is proper.

We had been younger at a dedicated station with hungry, proficient folks, all hand-selected and blended by information director Larry Pond. If we made errors (and we did), Larry would name us into his workplace and praise what we did proper earlier than correcting what we did improper.

Larry knew easy methods to get essentially the most from folks.

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When hiring me, Larry confirmed too me to my future desk in a again nook of that small newsroom. The earlier reporter had lined his typewriter with spilled delicate drinks and half-torn promotional stickers. It had a foul ribbon, a squeaky mechanism, and the ‘s’ key caught.

After I sat down at that desk for the primary time on Thanksgiving as a full-time workers reporter, the machine had a contemporary coat of paint, a moist ribbon, and felt like new.

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“Each reporter deserves a contemporary begin,” mentioned Larry.

Finest typewriter ever.

In a spot with perhaps essentially the most supporting workers ever.

Reporter Ferrell Wellman served as our reportorial dean. Earlier than he left the enterprise to show (By no means understood that), ‘Pug’ Ferrell Wellman labored each nook and cranny of the state capital beat. Nothing occurred, anyplace, in Kentucky, with out him figuring out about it. Wellman excelled at floods, escaped convicts, and the quirky nation stuff that solely a seasoned reporter would discover or make significant.

And, Ferrell was beneficiant with new reporters. Just a few weeks after Pond employed that Freedman child, Pug advised me a couple of state legislator who nominated the Coonhound to be Kentucky’s state canine.

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He drove me to Lexington along with his movie digital camera, toured me round capitol constructing, and acquired me an interview with that legislator sponsoring the bull. He sat behind his massive picket desk and offered his case by baying like a coonhound, with movie rolling.

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Wellman may have executed that nice story himself. As an alternative, he examined the brand new man and taught him about how colleagues will be beneficiant and supportive.

So, yeah. Each Thanksgiving day I work. I take into consideration the alternatives that reporting has given me. I keep in mind guys like Pug, Busse, Pond, Kerry McGee (the photographer with a crimson pen), Lloyd Patterson, Ron Regan, John Lansing, Dave Nakdimen, Bob Kay…and that previous home on the hill.

Everyone begins someplace. The farther down a highway we journey, the extra probably we’re to grow to be sentimental.

So, hell sure. I am working! It is a vacation!

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