A lucky curmudgeon ends up quitting

This is my final official column for the Tallahassee Democrat Network and USA Today Florida.

Just over 10 years after retiring from journalism, I am finally really Retiring and ending this bi-weekly column, the late editor Bob Gabordi asked me to continue writing after he stopped covering the Florida Capitol.

Looking back over 57 years, it’s been a great career. Journalism certainly beats work. I’ve seen a lot of change in the business, mostly the slow and steady erosion of print media, but I’ve been lucky.

Maybe I should have been apprehensive with my first job. The old Miami News, an afternoon paper that closed in 1988, offered me an entry-level job in 1966. Literally the next day, the News announced a “mechanical merger” with the Miami Herald and my work – as well as those of many long-time people. -serving staff members- went away overnight.

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