I have received several nice e-mails in the past few days related to the closing of The Cincinnati and Kentucky Post. My friend John Overbeck, once a journalist but now working as a teacher of gifted children, sent me this quote written about the closing of the Chicago Daily News in 1978, an afternoon newspaper. It was a year after The Cincinnati Post signed the joint operating agreement with the owners of The Cincinnati Enquirer. The agreement gave the Post 29 more years than the Chicago Daily News.
I think this pretty well sums up how I felt Monday as I attended, what can be best described as, The Post’s wake after the final edition went to the printers.
When I was a kid, the worst of all days was the last day of summer vacation, and we were in the schoolyard playing softball, and the sun was down and it was getting dark. But I didn’t want it to get dark. I didn’t want the game to end. It was too good, too much fun. I wanted it to stay light forever, so we could go on playing forever, so the game would go on and on.
That’s how I feel now. C’mon, c’mon. Let’s play one more inning. One more time at bat. One more pitch. Just one? Stick around, guys. We can’t break up this team. It’s too much fun.
But the sun always went down. And now it’s almost dark again.
(Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike Royko, on the death of the Chicago Daily News, March 3, 1978)