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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDOE HERALD TiMdtoy, April 2, 1974 The way it was in 1945 The busy news department of The Lethbridge Herald in 1945. Pic- tured left to right: George Yaculick, Frank Steele, Harry Painting, Mrs. Bill Hay taps 30 after newspaper life Chris Brander, Bill Skelton Bill Hay and Harold G. Long, editor By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Newspapers have changed a lot since Bill Hay started work on The Herald 49 years ago. Mr Hay, who officially retires at month-end after rising through The Herald ranks from proof-reader to associate editor, says that while some "old-timers probably say the paper is not what it used to The Herald was forced to change "The paper had to change with the he said, noting the approach of The Herald has become more impersonal. In 1925, when Bill Hay walked into the old Herald building on 6th street fresh out of high school, newspapers were an event. There were no other forms of communication, he says Radio was in its infancy and television hadn't been invented, so people depended on The Herald as their sole source of both community and world news IMPORTANT NEWS Reporters worked day, night and weekends covering community news that now would never appear in The Herald. In the 20s and 30s, the fact that Mrs Smith of Purple Springs had visitors from Bow Island was important news But as Lethbridge grew, both in sue and sophistication, fewer and fewer people really gave much thought to Mrs. Smith's visitors, let alone to Mrs. Smith. "It wouldn't be as much fun to be a reporter he says. The paper was more down to and reporters then were much closer to people than are the modern variety. Mr Hay joined The Herald with the intention of leaving after a while and going to university. But the Second World War, the depression and some medical trouble kept him on The Herald payroll much longer than he had originally intended. Long enough, in fact, tc have given over two-thirds of his life to The Heralc and the community. He is one of the few remaining people stil working for the paper wh ;