Column: 25 years in a classy biz

Friday’s column (read it here) is an essay about a professional milestone: my 25 years in newspapers, an anniversary that comes on Sunday.

As I indicate therein, I’m hoping to write a followup on a few matters I didn’t have space for today: “the changes I’ve seen, the characters I’ve worked with, the reasons we do what we do.” That’s what came to mind on deadline. If anyone has other or better questions or areas for me to address there, or here, feel free to ask.

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  • John Clifford

    Congratulations on 25 years. Loved reading the genesis of a newsman and the evolution of David Allen. So I take it that now you make about $500 a week? WOW.And here I rejected journalism because I figured you couldn’t make any good scratch there.

    [Heh. Thanks, John. As usual, I let the column take me where it wants to go and that was to focus more on my first few jobs than I had intended. Hope others enjoyed the "genesis of a newsman" too. -- DA]

  • Bob House

    Congratulations on another anniversary! Fun story to read. Any chance you knew Dick Blaustein in your early years in Marin? He owned a community paper up there. I worked with him at the headquarters of a chain of hi-fi stores (Pacific Stereo) before he got into the newspaper business.

    [I don't recognize the name. Was that the Point Reyes Light? Or the Pacific Sun? I did write a tryout story for the Sun at one point, but it didn't lead to a job. I had forgotten that until writing this comment! -- DA]

  • DebB

    I’ve been enjoying your columns and blog for just a few years, but enjoy them I do! Congrats on 25 years, and here’s hoping you and the newspaper biz are around for many more.

    [I hope we can both hang on. And Deb, you may be a relative newcomer as a reader, but you're more devoted than most. Thank you for that. -- DA]

  • Bob Terry

    Congrats on the “Big Silver” in the industry. It is a very fickle business and you can’t burn any bridges along the way because it seems like only 15% of certain companies own 85% of media outlets. I think now is the time to focus yourself and get that pulitzer betwwen now and the next 25.

    [If not in the next 25, then in the 25 after that, right? Seriously, you're correct, it's a tough business, and what with consolidation and job migration you never know who you'll run into later in your career. I'm lucky to be among the newspaper survivors (as of today, at least). -- DA]

  • shirley wofford

    Glad you found your niche after ten years in the industry–you have entertained us with your observations on life in the IE for 15 years. Congrats are in order now, for a quarter-century. I hope they pay you enough to keep you at the DB for many years to come.

    [They don't, but maybe I'll stay anyway. Thanks for the good wishes, Shirley. -- DA]

  • Mike McCoy

    Congrats on 25 years David. A Press Democrat editor spotted this column and e-mailed it to me. I think being described as “brusque” surprised him. He thought “cantankerous” was more accurate. I would have said worse of myself.

    I shared your column with Joan and she passed it on to Hidas. Both remember you fondly.

    Just for those folks who follow you in South. Calif., I’d like to tell them how lucky they are.

    I worked in the business for 37 years until I retired two years ago and never met anyone better than David. He is among the most gifted writers I’ve met and his columns are day-in and day-out gems worth rereading.

    He’s way too modest to say it, but he is the BEST.

    Glad to hear you’re not retiring David.

    Scoop

    [Is it too late for me to change "brusque" to "warmhearted"? Guess so. Mike, you probably embellished the truth, something you never did as a reporter, but your comment made my day, and it's not even 10 a.m. yet. -- DA]