Sweet, sad words for newspaper hack
BARBARA Fisher’s memories of her colleague Jo Francis were quite touching to an old hack like me (BM@il Nov 4).
I’ve worked for national newspapers and some overseas in my 50 years in our trade but there’s still a warm corner in my heart for all my old colleagues on my first paper, the Chester Chronicle, at age 15 in 1947.
We were a happy, chummy little band, now sadly diminishing, and those I’ve lost and used to visit on odd trips to that city bring a deep sadness to me. This makes me think your farewell to Jo was written as much to satisfy your own sadness within as to inform your own readers of her passing?
I still miss, too, old reporters on our rival, the Chester Observer, even though we competed hotly for
‘exclusives’ each week. I cherish the friendship of those still with us.
I’m called upon now and then by the Chronicle (the Observer is no more) to pen obituaries of our erstwhile colleagues and try to put my personal feelings into them as you have done so beautifully in your piece today, so well done!
I find there’s a natural in-built bond between all of us hacks wherever I’ve plied my writing skills. Bless us all, one and all.