I'm getting all kinds of e-mail lately. Some of it funny, some informative, some rather odd and making no sense whatsoever. Not that I mind, I've always admired chaos in others. It's certainly a luxury that I cannot afford. And sometimes it is stuff relayed to me that its authors would probably wish I did not see. Why some writers let their secrets run loose on the internet is beyond me. This is a time when information, any kind of information, could fall into the wrong hands, compromising your interests in surprising ways. And there is always the distinct possibility that what you've had to say will not be perceived in its proper context. Never has the security of your stuff been more important. After all, something bad could happen to it. Like maybe seeing it reprinted on a blog. You know, like this one?
Thought I'd copy you all on what I submitted to THE Magazine this morning! I've nominated Susan as one of the area's Fifty Fabulous Women Over 50. My nomination is below. If you would like to nominate someone (including Susan), just follow the directions below!
From: Chris Bertrand
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 9:o9 AM
To: Steve Tobia
Subject: Nomination for "Fifty Fabulous Women Over 50": Susan Henderson
Susan Henderson decided to undertake starting a community newspaper, now called the Mountain Views Observer, amid the financial struggles and disappearances and of large and small papers across the country. Regularly, we hear of the demise or reconfiguration of major newspapers nearly every month whether filing bankruptcy, ceasing publication or switching to online only distribution. Amidst this daunting financial model, Susan felt compelled to bring true local news, particularly Pasadena USD (sic) school news, not just press releases, back to
Sierra Madre, Pasadena and its surrounding communities. The financial, time and personal commitment required of this attorney, mother, Kiwanis volunteer and now publisher regularly draws on but never depletes the amazing reserves of this remarkable woman. So many thought starting a newspaper here just couldn't be done. You've done it, Susan. Persevere, live strong and publish on!
Read "One of a Kind" every week at www.MVObserver.com
(**end of e-mail**)
The childish innocence of the writing style aside, there are a few problems with this nomination for a coveted THE Magazine "Fifty Fabulous Women Over 50" designation. First of all, Susan Henderson is not an attorney. As was clearly revealed during the pre-trial discovery phase of the now legendary Deuxamis Trial, Susan Henderson cannot even lay claim to being a college graduate, much less a licensed legal practitioner. And, as a result of this trial, Susan's paper is no longer to be referred to as "The Mountain-Views Observer." It is now known as "The Mountain Views News." Which was the name of a paper the publisher of THE Magazine, Steve Tobia, started some time back. As a matter of fact, he actually sold that very paper to Susan Henderson! So does anybody really think that Mr. Tobia is likely to believe that a paper bearing the name of something that he himself created was actually started solely by Ms. Henderson? I personally have my doubts.
No, this poorly thought-out mess clearly is not going to do. But does that mean the nomination of Susan Henderson should not prevail here?
A quote attributed to a personal hero of mine, Ambrose Bierce, goes something like this: "Awards are often given by the wrong people, to the wrong people, and usually for the worst possible reasons." And in that spirit I second this nomination of Susan Henderson for a THE Magazine "Fifty Fabulous Women Over 50" designation. It would be a very fitting recognition.
We can only hope that she'll have to buy an ad there to get it.