Happy 125th Denver Post
The Denver Post newspaper turned 125 yesterday. Its first edition published August 8th, 1892. The newspaper industry has always been a turbulent one. And it was no different when I was there doing graphic arts from 1996 to 2009. Amazingly, for 1/10th of its history! The biggest story while I was there was the downing of New York's World Trade Towers in 2001. Also impactful that same year was the creation of the joint operating agreement that allowed the 'merger' of the Post and the Rocky Mountain News. I took the photo of the new building above, the merging of the rectangle and the arc symbolized the combining of the two papers creating the Denver Newspaper Agency. Typically mergers are good for companies and not their employees. The buyouts and layoffs began, and accelerated when the housing market tanked along with the economy. Alas, The Rocky having lost the newspaper war, never recovered and folded in 2009, less than two months shy of its 150th anniversary. Over 400 were laid off, including myself. Still, I have a lot of good memories, like the time I met Woody Paige, I walked into the men's room and there was the big guy in his blue pinstriped suit. He had just been hit in the face with a cream pie on his TV program! All in all, it was a good experience at the Post/Rocky/DNA, and the layoff allowed me to shift into doing more painting. Always a silver lining, which is what I hope for for the Post. Check out this Westword article from last year:
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