Over the past few months members of the Catholic Courier’s staff have been combing through the early editions of our paper as we prepare to mark its 125th birthday in October. It’s a task I think we’ve all enjoyed, judging from the animated conversations that have cropped up in the newsroom as we pore over these editions.
It’s been exciting to find ads in the 1939 papers for local companies that still are in business today, to pick out faces we recognize in photographs from the 1980s and just generally to see how the paper has changed over the years. I liken the experience to looking through family photo albums from years past, which encourages us to take a brief trip down memory lane and think about the chapters that are part of our stories.
Obviously the Courier has been a big part of my story. Of course it’s the place where I work and earn a living for myself and my family, but in smaller ways it was a part of my story even before I joined the staff in 2003. As a teen in the late 1990s, for example, I always was eager to check out Mike Latona’s "On the Move" teen page each week and see if he’d written about anyone I knew from youth group.
Now what I most appreciate about the Courier is the opportunity it gives me to learn about new things — everything from stem cells to the situation in Ukraine — and share what I learn with our readers. And most importantly to me, the countless things I’ve learned about my faith since working here have made me a stronger Catholic than I was before.
How has the Courier been a part of your story? Share your answers in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: You can view previous issues of the Courier on the New York State Historic Newspapers website using the links below.