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Section A: General News


Editorial: Looking back over 30 years: It is a family affair


Editorial: Looking back over 30 years: It is a family affair
In this Wilson County News Jan. 16, 1985, issue, Publisher Elaine Kolodziej writes about getting the paper out on Jan. 2 during a record snow storm.


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As we look back over the last 30 years, I am reminded of another January. The weather was cold, much like this year, but even colder and wetter.

It was Jan. 2, 1985.

That morning, my husband, Al, made his usual 6 a.m. trip up to Richards Printing in San Antonio before making his way to work at City Public Service. He delivered the paste-up sheets to the printer each week, as this was before the days of computers and digital printing. In those days, stories had to be printed out in columns on bond paper. The columns then were cut out in strips to be waxed and laid out in straight columns on the large paste-up sheets. The rest was up to the pressmen.

I would go later and pick up the freshly printed newspapers. By the time I was ready to go pick up the newspapers from the printer on Frio Street that day, the weather had gotten much worse.

Even before the official announcement came that school was canceled, my oldest son, Karl, decided to skip school in order to help us get the papers delivered. He would use his trusty old three-quarter-ton farm truck to maneuver the icy streets to make the drive in to San Antonio.

For me, this newspaper has always been a family affair. I also called on the assistance of my sister Nancy and her husband, Kenneth Walpole, to help. Kenneth rode along with Karl to help navigate. They had to fight the wind, cold, sleet, and snow in order to negotiate the hazardous conditions of the streets and roads brought on by the unusual weather.

Thankfully they made it back to Elmendorf without incident. We met up at E-Z Stop on Highway 181 to begin the arduous task of loading and unloading the 5,000-plus papers to be delivered around the county and to the post offices. Nancy helped by “keeping the home fires burning” by staying behind and keeping an eye on things, including keeping Keith and Kristen up to date as we accomplished the task at hand.

It was a job that usually took me less than half a day, but under those circumstances, it took all of us the better part of the day. This is only one of the many fond memories as we look back.

I say “fond,” because once we determined that we could accomplish this without missing a deadline, we knew that the rest of the deadlines would only get easier.

At times, it does seem like forever that I have been publishing the Wilson County News.

On good days, however, it seems like it was only yesterday. To be sure, it can be frustrating, but more often than not, it is fun, and it is rewarding.

Always, it is interesting.

The news never stops.

We struggled that day to deliver the 5,000-plus copies of the newspaper. It was awkward working with gloved hands, wearing heavy coats and hats and fighting the wind and slick streets.

We wanted to be out with the rest of South Texas watching the rare snowfall as it slowly embraced the landscape. But this was our test and we passed, just as we have every week now for more than 30 years.
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 3, 2014 6:04pm
 
T-Bone......Thanks for the laugh....I'm sure she is kind to the aggies also.....:)

 
T-Bone Pickens  
Poth  
February 3, 2014 2:47pm
 
I think your kindness towards squirrels and pigeons is a breath of fresh air.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
February 2, 2014 5:58pm
 
Why, thank you, Patrick L. Meyer, and James Branum. Spoken like true gentlemen!

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
February 2, 2014 5:27pm
 
The job doesn't get easier, you just get better. :)

 
Patrick L Meyer  
La Vernia, TX  
February 2, 2014 4:40pm
 
Thanks for all of your hard work and determination. You did it the old fashioned way, steadily building a better product day after day after day. All who played a constructive role should be very proud of what has been accomplished. ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
February 1, 2014 4:38pm
 
Thank you, Ken. As director of operations, Kristen Kolodziej Weaver certainly hopes to continue our tradition of community involvement amidst rapidly changing dynamics. Under her leadership, we are ever updating and expanding ... More ›

 
Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
February 1, 2014 2:19pm
 
Have enjoyed reading your paper for those 30 years. Good work. Hope you are around for at least 30 more.

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