From the miscellaneous drawer - What's not to love?

by Anne Swenson, Ely Echo publisher

Despite the 10-12 hours I've put in daily this week at the Echo, I'm fortunate to love my job.<BR><BR>Some friends told me recently why they chose retirement when they did. Most have been retired for 5-10 years and most are close to my age. For some it was getting out of a commuting and job rat race. For some it was just the time to do it. Most miss the people they used to meet or know in their job. <BR><BR>When my Dad retired in his late 50s he at first sat in his recliner, staring out the window. He looked lost. Then he decided to learn about plastics and with the help of a chemist the two men cooked up a number of inventions or applications. The idea was to market them, but they were having too good of a time for that.<BR><BR>In his 60s Dad decided to go back to his original job by building a 100 unit condominium complex. He was a lot happier.<BR><BR>Some retirees leave their jobs rather than learn to work with computers. On the internet's You Tube there's an 80 year old British gentleman who posts a blog on the geriatric1927 channel. A widower and mechanical engineer, Peter's interests run to blues music, fine art and books which deal with human relationships. With some similar-aged friends they have just released a blues recording. <BR><BR>It should sell well. Peter has 42,296 subscribers to his blog.<BR><BR>That interest in human relationships is a bit of what newspaper work is all about. <BR><BR>Tucked away but not forgotten in my newspaper memory book are the stories told by people with whom I've worked. And as much as the stories were memorable, there's the impression that these were life-changing events and the person telling the story was freshly caught up in the telling. A young Doug Smith telling of hopping a train and riding the rails to Seattle. A middle aged Vic Gustafson telling about first deer hunt as a child with his dad and uncles. Bob Cary telling of the disastrous trip he and Lil took with a Canadian couple.<BR><BR>Each day and each week with the newspaper there's a challenge pulling me forward into the web of work which pales the mediocrity of home life. <BR><BR>Each day and each week there's the opportunity of deciding this option and imagining the results of that option....<BR><BR>What's not to love.<BR><BR>* * *<BR><BR>Thirty years ago, in the Ely Echo issue of June 1, 1977, there were three resignations received by the Ely School Board. Athletic director Dick Roloff resigned and planned to start work as an insurance agent. Hockey coach John Anderson and swim coach Leonard Klun also announced they were leaving those assignments.<BR><BR>Ely's 10 indited snowmobilers were set to go to court in Duluth for their ride the previous year.<BR><BR>The Boundary Waters Alliance was formed in Duluth to support the Oberstar BWCA Bill. Senator Wendy Anderson planned to visit Ely and tour the city's tertiary plant.<BR><BR>William Chick Beel received an award for developing for the Forest Service a water bombing pick up system to fight fires from planes.