My first paying newspaper job was in the summer of 1970, when I was a reporter intern at the twice-weekly Southtown Economist.
We worked on manual typewriters, writing stories on thin newsprint paper and correcting them with Black Beauty pencils. I reported to John Dienhart, who’d been in newspapers since “The Front Page” era of the ‘20s and ‘30s. He was in his late 70s, wore a gray suit with a vest every day and, as an editor, never smiled – at least not that I ever saw.
I still didn’t know much about the newspaper business and wasn’t very good.