So, this is it.
The final week of the year, which, for me, brings retirement.
My wife, Mary Beth, tells me I’m giving up my mistress, the newspaper.
I guess that’s one way to look at it.
There have been many long days and odd hours spent at 3515 Elida Road, not to mention the phone calls to home.
Next week, David Trinko will officially become the new editor of The Lima News, and he will do an excellent job. He’s excited and is looking forward to bringing you the newspaper you desire.
People have asked me several questions the past few weeks.
What am I going to do? The first order of business will be to lose 10 pounds. Other than that, my only plan for the short term is to have no plan.
What’s the thing I enjoyed about my job? The opportunity to tell people’s stories.
What kept me going? The adrenaline rush from a breaking news story — getting information in the paper quickly … making sure it was accurate … trying to answer as many questions as possible. In its own way, that was fun.
The most unusual moment? When a group of us went to Columbus to interview then-Gov. John Kasich during his final days in office. It was going well until I asked him his thoughts about people over the age of 70 running for office. He blew up and challenged me to a foot race — then, there and now. I’m not sure how that answered the question.
This has been a job where you’re always learning.
I thought I knew a lot about this area, and then just Saturday learned a new fact from the newest reporter at The Lima News. Joe Gilroy, in writing a story about the people working over the holiday, pointed out that Christmas Day was the busiest day of the year for the Lima Waffle House — not the most important fact in the world, but an interesting piece of trivia nonetheless.
I have been fortunate in that working for a newspaper has been the right fit for me.
I’ve always believed that everybody has a story to tell. If I were ever to write a book, it would be called “My Life’s a Deadline.” It would be a collection of stories about the many people I’ve met over the years.
Thanks for all the cards, notes and calls the last few weeks.
Hope to see you around.
ROSES AND THORNS: Excuse me if I limit it to just one.
Rose: To my wife Mary Beth, who always supported me in the job I truly loved.
PARTING SHOT: The biggest communication problem is that we don’t listen to understand, we listen to reply.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.