Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Post farewell messages here

If anyone leaving wants to post a farewell, let's leave the comments
on this post for that. Sympathetc comments of support can go on other posts. Let's leave this one for those who got cut.

Frank Trejo has posted a comment.


  1. (Frank sent this to another post so I'm copying it here.)

    Thank all of you in The DMN newsroom for your words of support and encouragement this morning. It's the world's greatest understatement to say that it has been an honor to work with you.

    I have learned so much from you during my two decades at The News. The talent and dedication in that room is amazing. Some of you, and you know who you are, have given help and understanding during many difficult times.

    I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to work at a job that has allowed me to do so much with my life so far.

    I'm still a little numb, knowing that for the first time in nearly 32 years I do not have a newspaper job.

    But I will be fine. I have many good friends, a loving family and a partner whose unconditional love has indeed made me a better person. We will celebrate 21 years of being together next weekend.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    --Frank Trejo

  2. Greetings all,

    After nearly nine years of contributing all I have to the company in the sports department, I have become a statistic. I will miss being a sports writer and smiling at the compliments from those who read my work, but at the same time, I'm not overly upset.

    It'll be tough, but I won't complain. I will start my master's program in educational technology this summer. In the meantime, I'm hoping to land a job with benefits just to help out around the house. I ask for all of your prayers in these dire times. Please pray for my family, and send up a financial prayer for all who have been RIFd.

    God bless you all.

    Damon L. Sayles

  3. Prayers for both of you with all my heart.


  4. This sucks dudes

  5. I'll probably think of something good to say later. For now -- it's was lovely.

    Jen E.

  6. hahaha -- to upset to edit. sorry. IT was lovely.

  7. I agree, those who are posting numbers from departments are doing their best to provide a list. It isn't perfect, but at least people are trying and it is appreciated.

  8. Just to let you guys know-
    We non-journalist types are praying for you also.
    We all have been under the same stress of the unknown and for some that unknown has been shown.
    We may not know your names noticing your faces are no longer roaming the halls or 700 Record street will be a constant reminder of what was.
    Peace be with you -

  9. I’ve been saying for weeks that I would stick with this beloved profession until I was told to stop, and then I would figure out Plan B.

    So, time for Plan B.

    I grew up reading the Times Herald and Morning News. Seeing my byline in this newspaper was a dream come true. I feel privileged to have called you all colleagues and lucky to count so many of you as my friends.

    Thanks for the warm wishes, loving support and righteous indignation on my behalf.

    Please don’t be shy about sending the freelance and job leads.

    Good luck to all who remain behind but especially to the amazingly talented crew of people walking out the door with me.

    Beth Langton

    (bethlangton (at) yahoo.com or find me on facebook)

  10. You can add my name to the list of those RIF'ed. Just reached my 12 year anniversary in sports. Not gonna bore everyone with a long, sappy farewell -- I trust that the people who have helped me along the way and have been my friends know how I feel about them.

    I don't have any immediate plans, but I'm not sad, angry or panicky. I know there are worse things than losing a job. My wife and son are happy and healthy. My dad's having heart surgery today and my sister is about to give birth to my nephew - life goes on.

    If anyone needs to reach me, I can be found on facebook and at keithwhitmire (at) sbcglobal.net.

    Good luck to all,
    Keith Whitmire

  11. Thanks for the concern, but despite the post above, I am fortunate to still have a job at the DMN. The posts above from JE and Jen E. are not me. I'll try to call or e-mail those who have contacted me.

  12. I don't think Jen would mind me saying that the Jen E. who posted is Jennifer Enfinger from the news desk. A talented young editor. We'll miss you. -- Cindy Smith

  13. At the moment, it’s hard to imagine work that’s as invigorating, as important and as much fun as being a journalist at a daily newspaper. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside some of the best reporters, editors, photographers and designers in my years at the Morning News and the Star-Telegram, and I’ll always cherish the memories.

    That said, tomorrow will be a new day, with new adventures. I’m looking forward to exploring them.

    Here’s hoping that, for democracy’s sake if nothing else, the decision-makers in our industry figure out how to steer journalism through these icebergs safely. Meanwhile, my parting requests to you are that you never abandon the principles and passions that drew you to journalism and that you continue to be kind to each other.

    Journalists are some of the smartest, funniest and most compassionate people I know. Please stay in touch. You can find me on Facebook.

    All the best,
    Mary McMullen Gladstone

  14. To my colleagues at SportsDay,

    I had a dream last night that my house was invaded by a bear. It attacked me, but I fended it off with a banana. True story. So I woke up knowing that today would be an adventure, but that the ultimate outcome would be favorable and possibly humorous.

    My thoughts are with those of you who have families, mortgages, and livelihoods to hold together. Our workplace was not without adversity, but we shared some special moments, and created one of the finest sections in the nation as well. I am proud to have worked with you, and honored to call you my friends.

    There's no need for an Amber Alert this time; I'm not coming back!

    Best wishes,


  15. I admire the class of those leaving these farewell messages. I am welling up. Godspeed.

  16. And let's hear it for grace.
    Thank you, Frank.