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Pride

 

August 1, 2018

Nick Colorado and Patricia St. Louis

As with all things, the ebb and flow of life affects our "newspaper family," too. The "newspaper family" I refer to is made up of the many special people who spent time with our staff, contributing here at your community newspaper over the years.

In the past week, I had the pleasure of hearing from a few such "family" members. Though I have never had children of my own, there have been a few special people who came through our News Office doors to learn about the business and while doing so, found their way into my heart. I call them my "heart sons" or "heart daughters." The very first was Nick Colorado (yes that's his real name.) Nick came to do a summer internship after graduating from Fountain-Fort Carson High School a mere 20 years ago. It was the first time we had someone join the staff who made me realize I was old enough to be his parent. What a shock that was! I had to accept I wasn't 20-something anymore. We had a great time as I told him about things from my youth he had never heard of including Necco Wafers, one of my favorite candies as a kid. Ironically, it was in the news last week that a last ditch effort to save the company failed.

Nick was so smart and eager to learn, it was indeed a pleasure to take him under our wings and teach him about the community newspaper's role in the community. Most often, especially 20 years ago, news weeks were pretty slow. Not too often were there big stories to cover. What a surprise it must have been for Nick, who in his first week, accompanied my sister, Karen (our reporter), to do a story about a dead body found along the road near Hanover. What a way to break someone into the news business!!!

Nick fit in well, and quickly captured our interest with his stories about growing up in Fountain. It didn't take long for us to discover Nick had a great deal of talent for writing. It was so enjoyable having him around, he made quite an impression on us! We were so sad to see him leave to go to college, and encouraged him to stay in touch, which he has done. We couldn't be prouder of the man he has become! Nick contacted us recently and said he wanted to visit-and even bring lunch!! He and his partner Brandon came by last week and what a delightful time we had reminiscing about the good "old" days. I was stunned when Nick pointed out it was the 20-year anniversary of the week he departed for college. My how time flies. Thank you Nick, for taking the time to share with us about the difference we made in your life. We feel very much the same about you. Keep on shining brightly!

Sometimes, we can go weeks if not months without hearing from past staff members, but this past week has been quite the contrary. We were so pleased to hear from past editor Robert Moore, who worked at the paper in my early, early years-back in the 1980s. He went on to do great things in the newspaper business; seriously, he has worked hard over the past three decades and became an icon in his community in El Paso, Texas taking on injustices with his editorial pen. He also worked for a while in Fort Collins before returning to his beloved El Paso. This week we are pleased to print a column he wrote (see page 5), in which he speaks about interviewing a former Colorado Springs detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. (There is now a movie out about this as Bob explains.) What is remarkable is that this detective was black, and the klan never knew it. A substitute "white" cop would stand in for in-person meetings with klan members, some of which took place at our community's very own "crossroads of the community" – the Kwik Inn in Security. I would have never dreamed that in the 1970s or 80s such things were taking place in Colorado and want to thank Bob for sharing this intriguing story with us. It appeared on the front page of the Sunday's Gazette.

We always knew Bob was destined for great things when he was with us. His tenacity and indomitable spirit have served him well. We are so proud to say he got his start with us!!

I saved the saddest news for last this week. Jane Forsberg was another editor who joined the News staff in my early years. She was inventive and cheerful and so encouraging. I learned a great deal from her in a short time. I'm not exactly sure how long she was with us, but I can say she left a huge imprint on our hearts. Maybe not as big as the impact she made on the heart of one fellow (Bill Weeks) she met at a community meeting who would later become her husband, and then father of her two beautiful girls.

It is with very saddened hearts we join Bill and his daughters Chelsea and Katie, and all of their loved ones in mourning the loss of this bright light in our world. Jane passed away unexpectedly at her home last week and we cannot imagine the depths of grief those who loved her most must be feeling right now. She loved her family first and foremost, and like me, she loved doggies! Lots of doggies. She adopted, rescued and supported many pet rescue efforts over the years. It was probably our love for animals that kept us bonded but there was something else she and Bill did that brightened our days over the years.

The Weeks Family

Long ago, she and Bill became close friends with my mother and my late stepfather, Carl. Often times Carl would take a photo of their daughters with the doggies and have it enlarged as a gift for the Weeks. It started a gift giving tradition that grew and grew between them. After Carl passed away, the Weeks started leaving little gifts in the mailbox for mom on a variety of special occasions. But it didn't stop there. They did the same for other ladies on the same street who were also widowed. In recent years, I have been living in my mother's former home and despite the change of occupancy, the Weeks continued to bring gifts to leave in both our mailbox and our neighbor, Rena's, too.

The kindness and thoughtfulness shown in these simple little acts of love will stay with us for a lifetime as we remember a beautiful spirit named Jane who touched so many lives here. She will be fondly remembered.

 

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