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The Media Guide -- and Me

It was one of my FIRST jobs, ever, at the festival (decades ago). Back then we didn't have copy machines that collated, so I got to hand collate the pages of the Media Guide.

Producing the many copies of the Media Guide -- which was the bible for everyone when it came to details about the festival -- was important enough that everyone helped with it at some point.

People wrote Copy, others made maps -- and these maps had to be colored by hand (in the days before color copiers). At one point in time I recall that we used a standard paper punch to make the three-hole left side -- and those Media Guides were put into large three-ring binders. And everything was typed -- on a typewriter, mind you! No computers back then!

I also remember the year we went to the then Louisiana Pacific building downtown -- to one of the very top floors. We were borrowing the use of their high grade copy machines. Plus they were allowing us to use the machine that 'drilled' paper! No 'punching' here, my friends! I had to learn how to operate the paper drill -- the exact stack that could be done without jams. Plus how to use the wax to keep the metal from burning the paper! It was one of those fascinating skills that I got quite good at -- but that you never have any reason to use again. (smile)

Each and every year back in the day the ENTIRE STAFF -- including the man who held the role (if not the title) of CEO -- gathered to put the books together. No one avoided this task. We'd find ways to make it fun, joking and chatting -- and even having 'races' where we timed how long it took to assemble an entire book. Clayton (Marilyn's first boss ever at the festival) won by cheating -- and it was quite clever of him! While no one had been looking, he'd managed to assemble an entire book in his lap -- no mean feat! I was the timer for that round, and I had just called start when he pushed forward his book and called 'Done!' He loved the response and it was a good joke for several years running...

Eventually we moved into the computer age. I still remember the year it was my job to type the entire Media Guide into my home computer, using WordStar (a word processor application that was popular during the early-to-mid-1980's). Marilyn and I had purchased our very first home computer, which was an IBM (as I remember). Everything was DOS in those days (!!!), and we put quite a bit of money into that bare-bones system. No color monitors at the time and no mice -- just your small hard drive, amber or green monitor and keyboard. But how I loved that machine! I learned a ton about DOS using it -- and even today I use things I learned with that very first computer...

The Media Guide eventually moved from Staff assembled to a document we had copied and bound -- very slick! And for many years it remained essential, a book I was always digging through for information. Various media sources couldn't wait to get their hands on it every year. Every Staff person had their own copy -- and I always had an extra copy I kept in my home office to reference. Remember, this was in the days BEFORE the internet -- and before everyone had their own website!

It's hard to remember what it was like, that's for sure. And when I took over the festival website, I basically was creating what is -- for all intents and purposes -- the MODERN answer to the now old-fashioned bound book-formatted Media Guide...

Nevertheless, we didn't stop producing the Media Guide as a book until THIS year! Now we simply make a few PDFs that contain important information that doesn't appear in any other spot on the website. And I had the task for 2013 to create a Media Guide page at our website -- that would offer links to the various spots that contain information the media needs to quickly access.

I just wrapped up that page TODAY. Eleanor (our seasonal receptionist -- who is amazing putting 'eyes on' the various pages of the website) will finish up checking that new Media Guide page tomorrow. Then I'll put it Live, officially replacing the book that was used for so many decades.

And my relationship with the Media Guide? It's gone full circle. I started out doing the most simple part of the work decades back -- and now I was primarily responsible for the work this year. But can you believe I'm STILL doing the Media Guide? Obviously some things never change!

Rich and Marilyn both had ideas of what would be produced -- and they both seem to be happy with the outcome. Hopefully the media will find this page helpful. Mainly it provides insight to where everything can be found, because mostly it's pointing to existing information (and yes, it required additional work to set up links in the middle of pages so media people wouldn't be required to actually scan over a page for what they needed!).

It's not a 'pretty' page with photos. It wasn't fun to code, by any means. But I feel very satisfied to have finally finished it. That's a big check next to an item on my 'To Do' list for this year!

We'll have to decide what will happen to this new page when we change out the website. I say we make it a page they MUST produce for future use -- because it's actually a good idea.

And interestingly enough, though it's geared toward the media, it's entirely open to the public to view, as well. I suspect many website visitors will be tempted to check it out.

Anyway, it was a good and productive day -- mostly because of the Media Guide!

Tags: 2013, clayton, computers, copy-machine, dos, eleanor, festival, festival-website, hand-collate, home-office, marilyn, may-2013, media-guide, rich, typing, word-processing, wordstar, work
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