May 17, 1992
Readers seeing the exact same stories in The Sun and then The Evening Sun have been asking for months, "Why don't you just kill The Evening Sun? You're slowly letting it die anyway."The answer: About 133,800 people buy the paper. This is 25,000 fewer than during the same period ending March 30 last year, but too many readers to ignore or to transfer easily to The Sun all at once. When papers fold, many readers just vanish.How did The Baltimore Sun get to this point? In the last two years, advertising and circulation revenues declined.
December 13, 1991
John M. "Jack" Lemmon, managing editor of The Evening Su for the past 12 years, announced his retirement yesterday.Though Mr. Lemmon, 63, gave his official retirement date as Dec. 31, he said yesterday that "as a practical matter, today is my last day."During his tenure as the newspaper's top news executive, The Evening Sun received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize."I think we had some good times. This was a happy place to work. Most of us enjoyed doing what we did," he said. "One of the most exciting things was a good story, having something in the paper that you're proud of."
April 5, 1992
The Baltimore Sun's special section on the closing of Memorial Stadium was named one of the 10 best special sections in the country in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest.The Evening Sun was honored as one of the best daily sports sections in the 50,001-175,000 circulation category, and the Sunday Sun sports section earned honorable mention honors in the over-175,000 circulation category.In addition to the section awards, Bill Glauber, Mike Littwin, John Eisenberg and Ross Peddicord of the sports staff were honored.
September 15, 1995
So today they make the chalk outline and zip another newspaper into the body bag of American journalism, and everyone's telling me not to take it personally.Look, it's a business decision, they all say. The paper's been losing circulation for years, reading habits have changed, afternoon papers are going the way of running boards on cars, blah, blah, blah.Except the problem is that I worked for this newspaper for 14 years, and at one time it was a damned fine newspaper with a lot of damned fine people working for it, which is why I tend to take this personally.
May 27, 1995
The Cleveland Press, which I joined out of college in 1954, was the archetypal powerful newspaper.Many Clevelanders blamed it for whatever they thought wrong with their town, on the ground that it could do anything it wanted, so whatever civic need went unmet must be the Press' fault.It wasn't true, but we weren't going to disabuse them. A lot of what passes for the latest in daily journalism the Press was pioneering. Zoning. White space. Provincialism. Baby talk. Passionate commitment. Sam Sheppard, long before O.J.But the Cleveland Press died in 1982 after several years of losing money.
January 29, 2005
The column you are reading has a new name - "Back Story" - but its roots go back almost 60 years in Sun history. The story starts in 1946, when Neil H. Swanson, executive editor of the Sunpapers, launched the sepia-toned Sunday Sun Magazine. Swanson laid down the magazine's editorial mission: "Maryland is a fascinating place to live, a place filled with interesting people and chock-full of untold stories." And the first issue, on Jan. 6, 1946, was replete with Maryland stories, photographs and advertising.