Letter: Darien Times' founding editor wishes departing current editor well

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Hearst Connecticut Media

To the Editor:

It’s a challenge and a privilege to be the editor of a community newspaper. No doubt Susan Shultz knows that well, after 16 years at The Darien Times. It is hard to say goodbye.

In 1993, the Hersam family, publishers of the New Canaan Advertiser, interviewed me for the job of editor of its start-up newspaper, to be called The Darien Times. We were not alone. A competitor was already on the scene.

One of the attractions to me was that our newspaper would have a storefront location on Corbin Drive, with easy access to townspeople. Of course, that had its downside, too. People unhappy with seeing their names in the police blotter, or those with differing opinions about town affairs could just walk in and talk to us, even when we were under deadline pressure.

Residents of all ages brought in their coloring contest entries which we displayed in our front windows. We had weekly coffees at the Sugar Bowl, attended every meeting of the Selectmen, Board of Ed, P&Z, as well as GOP breakfasts at the Piedmont Club, Democratic lobster bakes, sports events, fires, police briefings. My husband George was involved, too, as our staff photographer and the inspiration for our Memorial Day issues, honoring local veterans.

Saddest of all was covering 9/11, when scores of our neighbors who worked on Wall Street began to arrive at the train stations, some covered in soot. Some did not return.

Susan, you will have memories as well — of crises, emotional moments, breaking news and especially of the many people in town who looked forward to seeing what news and editorial opinions the newspaper, under your leadership, offered.

Good luck to you, and to the future of community newspapers.

Linda Brooks

Durham, N.C.

Linda Brooks served as The Darien Times’ editor from 1993 until her retirement in 2003.