Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
April 1 1f74-THE LITHMIDOC NVMLO-t carrying out his responsibilities in Ottawa Harold G. Long, managing editor, kept the paper running. He too, was a man who kWw the west and his opinions and advice were highly respected in many fields! "You lose a king-pin like that, jand you're bound to lose something." He says the senator ran the paper as his own, knowing everything that was going on in every department. He treated his employees as part of the family, Mr. Hay says, "but the wages weren't that princely." In 1925, he was making a week, working day and night. When he married Camille Connor in 1937, his salary had gradually increased to a week. "I liked the work, but it wasn't the money that madejme like he says. Part of the reason he continued working for his unprincely wage was the educ itional with working in a value of newsroom, the clatter of the Morse key bringing Lethbridge news of invasions, new inventions, arid war. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1939, The Herald put out a special edition which was circulated as far east as Moose Jaw. ALL NIGHT Mr. Hay remembers the whole staff working all night Saturday to get the news of the war out to readers on a Sunday morning. And during the war, news bulletins would be tacked up outside the building, with crowds filling the street waiting for the latest developments. But the crowds didn't just gather to catch a glimpse of the world's disasters. Mr. Hay remembers standing at a second floor window of the old Herald building, reading the latest World Series Scores over a megaphone to people in the street. And he was working the day the Americans dragged the world into the nuclear age, dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. "We knew there was a hell of an explosion, but we didn't know what it was all about until the next day." The bomb attack was given short mention when news- was first received, but the following day, when it discovered what had really happened, the Hiroshima bombing became major hews. Working for a newspaper, you see the world changing and realize you have to change with it, Mr. Hay says. "I feel bad in a way, but the world has changed and being in the newspaper game, I've had to change too." His plans for retirement are still sketchy, but he says he will try and get some kind of work to keep him busy. "I've finished with newspapers now I think I've put my apprenticeship in.'' No more metal Bill Hay examines photo paper from the typographical computer Sophisticated machinery, including new high-speed color presses (below) are part of the change Mr. Hay has witnessed during a lifetime of newspaper work.