1. Ruth Porter
    Ruth Porter April 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    It’s really nice, Erica. You get the love as well as the competition. Ruth

  2. Mark Bushnell
    Mark Bushnell April 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm | | Reply

    What an honest and loving tribute to one of the deans of Vermont journalism. I had the good fortune of overlapping as an editor at the Sunday Rutland Herald/Times Argus with Kendall Wild, who would fill in occasionally after he had supposedly retired. Erica, this piece made me nostalgic for the days when journalists had time to focus on issues; before the Internet made journalism and our whole society ADD.

  3. Amanda Sessel Legare
    Amanda Sessel Legare April 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm | | Reply

    Fabulous compilation. While I knew Kendall a bit, I only worked “under” Bill Porter who I believe had the same drive to produce a great paper and to push his staff to the limits. They were exhausting and wonderful years. A typical Porter story – Jim Bornemeir was a new reporter and was told to write about a meat boycott that was going on and to take photographs. Borns asked Bill, “What am I supposed to photograph?” And Bill said, “Take pictures of people not buying meat.”

  4. andrew nemethy
    andrew nemethy April 18, 2015 at 9:43 pm | | Reply

    Did we mention the beer? Oh right…Nice work Erica. Kendall was a piece of work and I butted heads more than once with his desire to embellish the words of his reporters. But the 1970s were a vibrant exciting time for journalists and the competitive juices were truly intense under Kendall and Bill Porter at the Times Argus in Barre. The newsroom culture and humor and zeitgeist was priceless and a lot of smart interesting quirky people called it home, some nights literally. That has vanished in our digital world and I was lucky to be a part of it.

  5. Diane Derby
    Diane Derby April 20, 2015 at 7:09 am | | Reply

    Thank you, Kendall, for your many contributions to Vermont journalism. It was indeed a different time in the newspaper industry. And thanks to VPR for the wonderful tribute.

  6. Diane Derby
    Diane Derby April 20, 2015 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    Sorry, make that thanks to VT Digger! How did I get that wrong?

  7. ralph wright
    ralph wright April 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm | | Reply

    Hey guys, I confess with some remorse that I was one of that very select group to get the wild Kendall dressing down.
    You all remember Nancy Wright (I suspect with mixed feelings), but she not only followed his dictum to ask the tough questions but she literally broke from his very long leash and gave chase like a Mississippi sheriff after Sidney Poitier. Her freedom and the chase (that eventually brought her a two year free ride at Harvard) meant long days and nights for me attempting to escape her often callous pursuit. And for a small period of time I managed to elude her. That got Kendall on the phone letting me know that he didn’t “… care much what I had to say but I sure as hell wasn’t going to NOT speak to one of his reporters.
    Well I didn’t spend all my time being stupid and I gave in and met with Nancy in my office the very next day. It was very awkward and at one point I broke a span of nervous silence by roaming into the personal and asking Nancy if she was married. Her response was a brief and pretty surly “No!”
    It was then that I lapsed back into my “stupid” mode and not without a dash of meanness replied, “Well, I can certainly understand that, Nancy.”
    Within 5 minutes of her angry exit Kendall was on the phone dressing me down like I had lost my rifle back on Parris Island.
    Now I suspect Nancy probably never made Kendall’s hall of fame, but whatever his feelings, I was to learn that he wasn’t going to let one of his reporters – .300 hitter, or not- be treated with anything but the utmost respect.

  8. anne
    anne June 4, 2015 at 12:16 am | | Reply

    Wonderful picture of the town, the times and lives of days gone by. I wonder about our town, Wayne, and the SUBURBAN paper…what fun it would be if had some record of that time. You captured a very special moment in the lives of those who gathered to remember. Thank you.


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