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Former Oklahoma Gazette editors, writers and contributors share 30 years of memories


Rob Collins October 15th, 2009

A news story is like a woman's skirt, the editor replied. "It ought to be long enough to cover everything but short enough to be interesting." 'THIS IS A WRITER'S PAPER'MANEY ...

Easterling,MikeOnBrown
wrote. "One week, I would be immersed in the state Legislature or the Oklahoma City federal building bombing probe. The next week, I'd be interviewing a dominatrix. I don't think you can get that versatility at many papers. That's part of the genius of alt-weeklies.

'I'LL BE READING'
After Easterling's departure, Susan Grossman returned to Gazette as managing editor. The publication was redesigned in 2003 during her tenure.

"We had a lot of fun " one year when I returned from (a) convention, my office was filled to overflowing with balloons " and at the same time produced some terrific issues with the talents of the production and advertising staffs," Grossman wrote. "I can still see George Lang and Preston Jones doing the male model walk in the hallway downstairs to lighten the mood on our more challenging days."

Grossman, who resigned in 2004, still freelances for Gazette.

Jones spent five years with the publication, starting as a marketing intern before being promoted to entertainment editor.

"In the process, I really got a sense of how every aspect of the paper works, which is valuable stuff right out of J-school," he wrote. "I wrangled freelancers, chauffeured Flaming Lips' Michael Ivins to his hotel at SXSW one year (and pissed off Wayne Coyne a couple years later)

 
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