|March of Events|
Trips to State, Coast, Prentiss mark passages within Association
By LAYNE BRUCE
A recent visit to Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State on a hot Thursday afternoon in September yielded a trove of material that will be put to good use during MPA’s 150th anniversary observances next year.
Some members may recall that MPA donated its archives of documents and photos to the library at State a little over 15 years ago. Over time, we’ve added to the collection by delivering a few boxes every now and then of material that really didn’t need to be in the office anymore, but, for whatever reason, I could not bear to part with.
In looking for photos here at the office to display and publish during the sesquicentennial year in 2016, it became obvious a trip to research what our archives held would be necessary. Our past decade’s worth of photos are digital files. There’s about another 5-6 years worth of print photos on file here that were taken after the archives were established at State in 1999.
What we found there were some fascinating photos of MPA faces and events from the mid-to-late 20th Century. And it will be fun to share these memories at events in 2016, beginning with the Mid-Winter Conference in January.
Stan Tiner, editor of the SunHerald since the early 2000s, announced his retirement this past spring. It was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, an appropriate point for Stan to celebrate the hard work of the newspaper during that period and to set sail on his next adventure – which, we’re told, is to write a book.
Lloyd Gray’s retirement from the Daily Journal in Tupelo over the summer is another example of this.
Torches get passed all of the time, but these two fellas have had a long and lasting impact not just on newspapers in our state but the Association itself. Lloyd, for instance, worked for papers in Greenville, Meridian, Gulfport and elsewhere. He also served as president of the Association and as chairman of the Foundation.
Stan’s reception was a touching event where the affection and respect the paper’s staff, its corporate parent and the community at large feel for the guy was obvious.
It was a reminder that in so many ways what we do truly is more than just a job.
Patsy had been ill for a long time but she quite literally never let it get her down. She had numerous scares over the past several years but always rebounded. One could never count her out.
Indeed she was; a week later, she was gone. Feisty as ever, Patsy was one to do things on her own terms. Even to the end.