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Marking two April anniversaries

April 8, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
In addition to the Daily News celebrating its 92nd anniversary on April 11, I also have two special dates this month of my own.

The first anniversary date is on April 16, and marks the first day I started working at The Daily News in 1984. And now, 29 years later I’m wondering how that happened — time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Don’t get me wrong, there are ups and downs in any job and many days can be frustrating, but my love of writing has remained steady. Starting with my high school years as the editor of the school newspaper and moving on to my internship and work on the college newspaper, I was sure that this was something I wanted to do.

For the most part, I enjoy interviewing and talking with people for stories and covering city council and school board meetings. Life is never dull and you never know what is going to happen when you go into work. I know we may have a plan for that day’s paper, but that can quickly change with breaking news events.

And my favorite part of the job is doing features on programs and about people — it’s pretty fascinating when people tell you their story. It is also satisfying to see that final result and feel like you have nailed the essence of the story in print.

The second anniversary this month on April 19, marks the 27 years I have been married to my husband, Pat. We meet in college my junior year and have been together ever since. We went through working in two different locations to start out with after college, to both finding jobs in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area, getting married, buying our house, and raising two sons — the time has flown by.

Not everyone can say that they are married to their best friend, but I am one of the lucky ones. There was a group of us that were all hanging out together at Northern Michigan University my junior year. Most of the people were from lower MIchigan and Pat and I were the only Yoopers in the group. I’d like to think that this helped us to bond together.

It was a beautiful spring day on April 19, 1986, when we were married and for better or worse, we are committed to continuing on that road together. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but as long as you communicate with one another and continue to be friends, you can get through just about anything.

Anniversaries mark both happy and sad occasions in our lives, and at least for April, I have two happy ones to look forward to each year!


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