Editor Phill Casaus is smiling - no doubt proud of the final edition. He said in his editorial, Don't cry for us, Albuquerque; it was worth it.
"The end of an era is over."
I'm hung-up on this phrasing used by KRQE's Tim Maestas in an intro to their story about the paper's final edition. Isn't that a double-negative - an ending era is over? That's just like saying something begins
. Maybe he meant to hide some hope in that awkward sentence.
Bloggers were spotted sneaking into the Tribune newsroom yesterday morning to witness the last gathering. They blended in pretty well until one had to be stopped from ripping the Tribune banner off the wall as a souvenir. Probably should have waited until after
the speeches. A wall calender was looking appealing and no one would have missed one of those red telephones. I settled for two copies of the final edition and then tried to hoist a newspaper machine into the trunk of my car later in the day.
A little piece of trivia I hadn't heard recently: The Tribune's timeline started in 1923 with a fiery journalist named Carl C. Magee who came to Albuquerque from Oklahoma for the health of his wife. He purchased Whitcomb Camp in Tijeras canyon in 1930. He renamed the place after his dead son, Carlito. Bernalillo County purchased Carlito Springs and it's collection of old cabins as open space a few years ago. The photo is from about 1906.