Glad you can see better. Hope the clarified vision doesn't impair your sense of humor, or what passes for that on your off days.
Stephen, yes the GT had 85 percent household penetration. I think for a brief time that even crawled into the low 90s, maybe for a few months. Staffers received monthly reminders of that -- way back in the 60s and 70s, but it is true. Also, during that time, the GT was the only daily paper with subscriptions from east of Colorado Springs to Limon, basically along US 24 and Colorado 94. That includes the Free Press/Sun, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. I doubt the Pueblo papers sold in that area, either.
1. I appreciate that you, a competitor, would say nice things about the sale and the paper's history. Some of your readers probably would not be as kind. And, of course, you were part of the excellence way back then.
2. Indeed there were, and are, outstanding reporters and writers still working who were at the G when we were. "Outstanding" is the right word. I don't know any who are still there that I would not want to be associated with. Flat-out truth: anyone who disagrees doesn't know those people.
3. One of those veterans told me the newsroom feels more stable. After some of the events we experienced in the 80s and 90s, I feel so much better about the company. And a former photographer commented that he felt the need to pack up his cameras and go back, then said, "Oh, wait, I'm retired." I kinda-sorta feel the same way.
4. Enjoy the new competition, emphasis on "enjoy".
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