The news came today that the Jenks Journal has shut down. I was editor of the weekly newspaper from the fall of 1990 till the fall of 1991. It was a good experience, but I wouldn’t want to do it again; the hours were long and the pay was low.
Every Tuesday night was paste-up night, when three of us — Joe Epperley, Brigitte Brungardt and me — gathered around 6 p.m., and worked until early the next morning to put the paper to bed. We were a motley crew, somewhat cynical, but also took pride in our work. Sleep deprivation was the norm, as was the accompanying punchiness.
And then there was the Gear Daddies, the only band we all agreed on. Every Tuesday night for a year, we listened to their two cassettes on the boombox we kept in the newsroom. We knew every word to every song.