To the editor of THE EAGLE:
It is with sadness that I read about another part of North Adams history passing away. Even though The North Adams Transcript has been on life support for the last several years I continued to support it with my subscription along with one for The Berkshire Eagle.
Sometimes it is a curse or blessing to have a long memory. I remember when the original Transcript was on Bank Street and on my way to school we would stand in the window and watch the big presses grinding away. I remember when they moved to the new building on American Legion Drive. There was such vitality in the building -- setup and classified towards the left, printing down in the left, office toward the right and then, the news department. Phones were ringing, reporters were shouting out what they wanted, asking questions about who to contact for certain information. It was a close knit family and I felt privileged to be a small part of it.
Many of the reporters went on to other large newspapers after learning the trade in North Adams. To be a reporter then you had to have contacts and be out in the community getting the news first-hand.
I end this obituary for a once great newspaper thanking the many staff members who have passed through and enlightened our day with the news and pictures -- including Father Joe Day, Randy Trabold, Nick Noyes, Glen Drohan, Chris Whitcomb, Danny Pearl, Claire Piaggi, Caroline Birch and certainly the Hardmans. I can see the faces of many others but I can't recall all their names.
So, good-bye North Adams Transcript. RIP