When I was a kid, this station was run by Chet Williams, and then later by former major league pitcher Jackie Collum.
My first job came at the age of 9 when I was hired to delivered tearsheets for the advertising department at the Grinnell Herald-Register. My father was the long-time editor of this paper and is the reason I got into this business.
It’s funny, but my years as part of this paper are really far less about the visual senses (ironic, since that’s my medium) and more about the texture, scent, and taste of the place. The air was always thick and pungent newsprint, ink, and hot metal. An ancient pop bottle dispenser in the basement will forever have me associate cold Fresca and A & W root beer with newspapering.
This is located just across the street from the newspaper where I worked. Like so many small towns in Iowa, the presence of the downtown church always loomed large wherever you were.