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April 7, 2013

Remembering a great journalist

NORMAN — Earlier in the week I had one of the biggest thrills of my journalism career. I was named city editor of The Norman Transcript.

After I kept asking the higher-ups if this wasn’t a late April Fool’s Day joke, I did what came naturally. I called my husband. And then I called my mom. Then we celebrated the only way the Adkisson family knows how to celebrate — we ordered pizza. The dogs were very pleased as they know when the doorbell rings and the pizza changes hands that sooner or later, I’m going to give them a hunk of pizza crust. I usually don’t let them down.

The responsibility of being city editor is one that I’m eager to take on. I’ve got a great group of coworkers, wonderful support from my bosses and have the pleasure of working in a great community.

First order of business with my new position was to clean out the office I would soon be occupying. I’ve worked at the Transcript for eight years and never once have I seen any scrap of trash or paper exit the office that I now call home. So, one afternoon in between phone calls and stories, I stood at the door of that office, took a deep breath and I went in.

I really wasn’t sure what I’d fine. Anything was possible. One of the more exciting finds was when I unearthed a laptop from the early 1980s. Most of the younger staff asked me how to use such prehistoric equipment. They seemed shocked when I said I hadn’t a clue and that in 1983 I was merely a third-grader. Of course some of them had to add they weren’t even born in 1983.

Also, there were a few letters addressed to some of the former occupants of this office. Ed Montgomery was one of them.

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