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Of The Signal's Heroes - Sung and Unsung

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Posted: February 12, 2008 8:08 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2008 2:01 a.m.

A newspaper has been called a daily miracle. Every day, 365 (or 366 in a leap year) days a year reporters report, editors edit, the press crew prints and circulation delivers. Every... single.... day.

At a newspaper each department and individual is equally important. Without reporters there would be no content, without editors (to reporters, this may be a debatable point) there would be no one to assign stories, discuss the story's "angle" or be a "second pair of eyes" to catch errors and write headlines, without photographers, no photos, without advertising sales, no paychecks, without the art department and prepress there would no one to create the ads and prepare the paper for printing, without platemaking there are no plates to put on the press, without the press crew there is no paper produced, without circulation your driveway is empty, without accounting there are no accounts receivable (and no paychecks!), without maintenance there is no way to keep all the machinery running, without the IT dept. there are no working computers, without a publisher there is no captain to look ahead and steer the ship away from icebergs.


A newspaper is made of many, many heroes.

Two of those heroes are leaving The Signal. John Boston and Mark Schaich.

Two sides of the same coin, each has contributed immeasurably to the success of The Signal - and profoundly affected my life.


John Boston Rides into the Sunset
After more than 30 years John Boston has resigned from The Signal to pursue "what's beyond the river's bend." I chose to work at The Signal because of John. One day he wrote a column that changed my life. He wrote that to find fulfilling work a person must seek out an occupation that you would gladly perform for free. That simple sentence haunted me - and started me on my path to The Signal. The genius of John is his ability to state the obvious that no one else sees. John, in the words of Scott and Ruth Newhall, "nill illigitimi carborundum."


Mark Schaich, Unsung Hero
Among the many, many unsung heroes at The Signal is Mark Schaich. He's a paginator. After 14 years, Mark, too, is leaving The Signal. A paginator does many "magical" things (if I don't understand something completely - it is "magic" - and I don't understand all that a paginator does) to get the newspaper electronically from Point A to Point B. I do know throughout the years I served as features editor and Escape editor of The Signal Mark has often been my "second pair of eyes." He has saved me from more embarrassing mistakes than I can count. This week, as he worked on my newest endeavor for The Signal - the SCV Business Journal - he found a potentially fatal mistake in the text flow. I am eternally grateful. Good luck Mark, I will miss your keen eye.


Welcome to Adam Philipson and Elana Edelstein
The lobby of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons was transformed into a "meet-and-greet" party for the new managing director, Adam Philipson and Elana Edelstein, a grant writer - another recent acquisition for Santa Clarita and the college. David Bucks of the Off Broadway Bistro (23928 Summerhill Lane, (McBean Parkway and Decoro Drive) Valencia, catered the affair that featured amazing appetizers and sinfully good sweet treats. Philipson and Edelstein were feted by a warm welcome and kind words from COC President/Superintendent Dianne Van Hook and Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at COC. Members of the Santa Clarita Arts Alliance were also on hand, with other college officials to welcome the duo. Among those seen at the event: Sharon Bronson, TimBen Boydston, Scott Wilk, Bruce Fortine, Dennis Poore, Annie Hovak, Patti Finley, John Dow and Jason Crawford.


Manhattan Transfer
Who would think that the multi-Grammy winning group Manhattan Transfer would perform in the SCV? Because of the beautiful Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the campus of College of the Canyons they did - and it was a sold-out house. Those lucky enough to enjoy a flawless evening of fantastic, tight music included Tim and Andrea Slominski celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary! Others spotted in the crowd included Bob Kellar and Kathy Keysor Smith, Ethel and Larry Nakutin, Connie Ragen Green, Gloria Mercado and Bruce Fortine, Dennis and Wendy Poore and Jeff and Kiki Hacker. Oh, what a night!


Valentine's Day is Thursday
Happy Valentine's Day - don't forget to pamper your sweetie during this season of hearts and flowers. A nice spa gift certificate, a dinner out, a special evening at home - and gentlemen, remember to order your flowers early!


Michele E. Buttelman is the senior columnist for The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at

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