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Life in the news business is a calling

A few months back loyal State Journal reader Bob Gullette, a man about town if ever there was one, dropped me an email suggesting that I pen a column on my “new life as an editor as opposed to a reporter.” My response was that it would bore readers to death but he insisted so I figured I’d give it a shot. I guess you could say newsprint has always been in my blood because my life in the newspaper industry didn’t begin in the reporter ranks but far, far below in delivery — as in I got up every morning at 5 a.m. to pitch my hometown daily on my neighbors’ porches (and the occasional bush or roof) from age 12 and through my teens.