Final issue of Tampa Times, 1982

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I rH f 1 n Yfc, i ( If i ( ft ? i-i h 5 1 y l Hi hk tr ,rpga o n j -4!:v .... -V .VL - i j'' rf&W T' I in ' . -m. tM-v - r L.. . ,. '. ',., . V.-. tl jjrT fan mini - - jii aw.i.jjt . m ,.; ... A. -iu. U LJLJ JZr-LAl I I it y I U LJn yUVJ S 3 FtroEnm By BOB TURNER Staff Writer Newspapers serve up a daily slice of life, and some of them just like people and neighborhoods flourish, grow old and die. ' Newspapers go through good times and bad, good years and lean, but through all of it, the mission remains the same: Get the news and print it . At one end of The Tampa Times-news room, 21 pictures on the wall say well what this business is all about. If you look there, you can see a welder and a tugboat at work, a halfback breaking into the secondary, a portrait of a wino down to his last cigarette and wishing he had another pint of booze, a little apprehensive about things. ' ' And you can see a muscular construction worker topping out a building, a daintily clad ballet dancer, a boy pitching hay in a dairy barn and a murderer on death row gazing out .a window and reflecting on what's left of his life. One of those marvelous pictures is of a poor dumb ape, sitting all alone and holding his head in his massive, hairy paws, staring down into infinity with 5 million years of sadness on his furrowed, uncomprehending brow. His mate is dead. He has lost his mate and he doesn't know what to do about it and there is nothing he can do about it To me, it is an incomparably great and moving photograph. Felt like that I think all of us here on The Times felt like that when we lost our paper the other day. It hurt then and it still hurts. Bad. Bruce Witwer, our managing editor and my veteran news colleague, .said, "It's the worst day of my life. It was indescribably traumatic. You're dealing with people's lives and hearts, and a lot of people have worked their hearts out for this paper." There's nothing we can do about it now either, although we know basically why it happened, r Witwer describes it succinctly: The Times has long had identification problems compared with The Tribune, "like a black cloud we were unable to shake." Television hurt Marketing of The Times wasn't successful. Toward the end, a deadline of 7:30 a.m. limited the amount of fresh . news in the early edition of The Times, and some readers, particularly in the suburbs,' regarded it as a ' rehash of what they already had seen in The Tribune. Constant squeeze The Times' hallmark has always been local news, and tightened home-edition deadlines kept a constant squeeze on the amount of late-morning and early-afternoon developments we could handle. Delivery problems and periodic price increases also hurt Witwer said that some years ago, editors made a major effort to radically change the design of the newspaper probably to a tabloid but for reasons unknown to him, it was never fully pursued. Newspaper people have strong stomachs, strong opinions and strong hearts, and so even with more than enough anguish to go around and even with their notoriously fragile egos, Times staffers were up to the task of getting the paper out to the See SO LONG, page 4A

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  1. The Tampa Times,
  2. 14 Aug 1982, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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