Friedman coming; Pruden to be editor

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These tickets will go fast. And for good reason.

Thomas Friedman, three time Pulitzer Prize winner, columnist for The New York Times, and best-selling author, will present a lecture Feb. 24, 2018, at Sheridan College. It’ll be in the Whitney Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now at the WYO Theater. (I bought the Press’ two tickets a couple of weeks ago.)

Friedman, 64, made his bones as a reporter for United Press International covering Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s invasion of that country in the early 1980s. He won two Pulitzers for international reporting and one for distinguished commentary regarding international terrorism. For the Times, he writes on foreign affairs, the Middle East, economics and global trade. He’s from Minnesota.

In the world of “gets,” getting Tom Friedman to Sheridan College is a big deal, one of the country’s foremost thinkers, analysts and writers. His latest book, “Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running the Country and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations,” is a gem.

 

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Mike Pruden has been named the next managing editor of The Sheridan Press, it was announced Wednesday by Kristen Czaban, the forthcoming publisher who will succeed me next month. It is her first good decision, one of many in the years to come. Otis Chandler, who was the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, once said that you’re not truly publisher until you name your own editor. That’s right on the mark. In 38 years of publishing, I’ve inherited and worked with 17 editors over that time and Kristen is among the best.

Mike came to Sheridan to visit some family and I interviewed him with Kristen in 2014. He was one of those first impressions that employers (publishers) instinctually know: hire this person. Since then, he has lifted the Press’ sports coverage with his nimble reporting, with his always readable, witty column and his compelling page presentation. Too, working with photojournalist Justin Sheely, the Press has led Wyoming newspapers with its video production of events — like state football championship coverage, Sheridan WYO Rodeo and others that draw thousands of viewers. Earlier this year, Mike developed the Press’ first sports recognition social at the WYO Theater. It was a terrific evening, celebrating local athletes with a first-rate visual presentation of the award winners, a guest speaker and best of all, it last just over an hour. Good community journalism just doesn’t happen, it takes root with talented, dedicated people in order to flourish and expand.

Mike’s from Indiana and loves basketball. He’s a Ball State graduate with a degree in telecommunications and video production. And he’s a solid citizen. He was named the Press’ Staff Member of the Year for 2017. Good humor — and I don’t mean doing stand-up or telling jokes — is essential in a workplace and Mike has it. Excellent choice by Kristen.

Congratulations!

 

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The Perks of Being 65 (or older)

• Your supply of brain cells is finally manageable.

• Your secrets are safe with your friends, because they can’t remember them either.

• There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

• You can live without sex, but not without glasses.

• Your eyes won’t get much worse.

• You quit trying to hold in your stomach, no matter who walks into the room.

By |October 5th, 2017|

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