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President George for another year

The publishers conference is over at last, and George is elected to serve another term as president of the association. Friday’s theme dinner “Riverboat Gambler” was fun, but sparsely attended. About 20 people dressed up in costumes for the event. While I had over the past month tried on my dress many times, I had never worn it for any extended length of time, and certainly had not tried to eat a meal. Not uncomfortable, but definitely needed assistance in seating. Lesson learned – don’t step backwards, move forwards at all times to avoid tripping yourself up. Sadly neither George nor I won the costume contest. :(
Saturday night dinner was when George swore, but that’s OK, it was an oath of office, and he was asked to do it. I was presented a Bronze Quill this year for 20+ years in the community newspaper business. George’s introduction told the audience that I have been a publisher, editor, reporter, production manager and prepress worker, but I insist, never a stripper. It may also be said that my acceptance speech of “Thank You very much” was not the shortest of the evening.
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7 Responses to “President George for another year”

  1. Mom says:

    Now this may sound weird and it is but… I opened up the picture of the four folks and I started to cry. (there are tears as I type) because i saw myself. Now your award picture is lovely but I am not there as much.
    By the way, Congratulations to you for that and to George for his next year’s presidency.
    I need a kleenex.

  2. Mom says:

    Who did win the dress prize??

  3. JA says:

    Silly Marmee (passing you a virtual kleenex) Don’t be sad that I look like you. I know I’m not the favourite but…
    (And that’s a family joke for the rest of the internet world. We all know Robbie is the favourite! ;) )
    The winner of the dress prize was a publisher from east-central Alberta. Shamefully there was no photo taken of all us lined up in our finery. The mens prize went to another publisher from the east side of the province.
    The judges were the three musicians hired to play Dixieland. Their band was called “AC Dixie” and they were fantastic, especially the young woman on the trombone.

  4. Nicole says:

    Ok, seriously, HOW DID YOU NOT WIN??!!! I mean come on!!! That dress was gorgeous!!!! I demand a recount! :)

  5. Lynda says:

    I’m with Nicole. Recount! That’s what happens when you get judges who know little of what they judge. Your accuracy in costume design and construction had they known what undergarments you wore would have swung the vote. Just saying.

    I once wore a Marilyn Monroe costume and now I know why she had the “breathy” way of talking – she couldn’t freakin’ breath!

  6. John says:


    I agree, recount! After what I spent “comping” judges how could they?!?!?

  7. JA says:

    In other words, Lynda, if I had taken off my dress I would have won? Shocking!
    Thanks all for the kind words. You’re more welcome than any ol’ stinkin’ judges anyday :)

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