Monday, August 19, 2013
In 1979 I was a staff writer for the Wiesbaden Post newspaper, published by the Wiesbaden Military Community in Germany. In that era every base and fort had a weekly newspaper which went to press on Wednesday and had a publication date of Thursday.
The following two years I worked for the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Chronicle also a weekly newspaper that was published every Thursday.
Today, the Post, the Chronicle and many other weekly newspapers have disappeared, replaced by web sites. As late as the military is to all electronic and social media, base newspapers are disappearing faster than ice cubes in Algeria, but we are writing our news leads holding to the weekly publication calendar. As a teaching aid, I can understand it because it is a small puzzle to solve, and some of us may go to the half-dozen posts that still publish a weekly.
But it is strange to have this weekly calendar back in my head so long after I used it in as part of my daily work.