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Happy birthday to us
by Tribune Editorial Board
Jun 05, 2010 | 812 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several events occurred in the newsworthy year of 1910 that, to this day, have an impact on us all: Boy Scouts of America was incorporated; the Mann Act was passed forbidding women from crossing state lines for immoral purposes; the first movie stunt occurred when a man jumped from a burning balloon into the Hudson River; President Taft began the tradition of throwing out baseball’s ceremonial first pitch; and the electric washing machine was patented. 

On a local note, something happened in 1910 that would change Sparks forever:  Patrick H. Mulcahy founded the Sparks Tribune.  From the early days when Mulcahy and Joe Jackson published those first issues, it has been a labor of love for the thousand or so people who over the years wrote the stories, sold the ads, set the type and printed the paper. Not to mention the hundreds of kids and grown-ups who delivered the news. 

Any newspaper person will tell you newsprint gets in your blood (figuratively speaking). 

There is a great amount of satisfaction in producing a new product every day and knowing what you do is important to your customers.  If you ever wonder about that, come answer the phones on a day when the newspaper, for some reason or another, did not get delivered. If you do, you’ll find out in no uncertain terms what it is that people find important about their newspaper. Our readers invite the Sparks Tribune into their homes every morning — many say they can’t start their day without us.  That is a good feeling. 

You as a reader are fortunate so many Tribune employees have newsprint in their blood, which helps in delivering you the quality of local news you deserve. The seven people on our management team have more than 145 cumulative years of newspaper experience, which today is virtually unheard of at a community newspaper. 

A lot has changed in the newspaper business over the last 100 years.  Being small by newspaper industry standards, we have not always been able to keep up with state-of-the-art technology and the new fancy computerized presses most larger newspapers have. The one thing that has not changed at the Sparks Tribune is our commitment to delivering local news and sports to the people of our city. Mulcahy and Jackson did it 100 years ago and, with readers like you, we will continue for another 100 years. 

It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring you the Sparks Tribune every morning.  Thank you for being a part of our first 100 year history.
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