There are a few people that you meet throughout your career and/or life that make an impact on you.
Call them mentors, matriarchs, patriarchs and sometimes they may be strangers.
At my first South Texas Press Association press convention, I met this soft spoken man who I found out later happened to be a hard core newsman. He had a gentle demeanor, but was very firm and no nonsense at the same time.
His name was Nick West. He owned and was the publisher of the Palacios Beacon newspaper and was a mainstay on the board of directors for two regional press associations – STPA and Texas Gulf Coast Press Association. Nick had been battling cancer for a while and though that horrible disease didn’t claim him, a stroke that he suffered on Sunday night was too much for him to recover.
Nick’s newspaper career spanned over 30 years. At one point, three generations were at the paper. Nick, his father Bert and his son Ryan were all working side by side. Not many businesses can claim that.
Thoughts and prayers go to his bride of 34 years, Mary, and his whole family.
In the newspaper world, and now it may be an antiquated symbol, -30- was added at the end of the copy to signify that there was no more copy to follow, or the end so to speak.
The way I see it, though this is the end of Nick’s life, those who crossed paths with Nick knew he loved the newspaper business. His dry humor and calmness helped me through different contests and situations over the past 25 years. He will not be forgotten, but he will be missed.
-30- SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.