I once read that the average person in my father’s generation would hold four different jobs in his or her lifetime, while in my generation the average person would have four different careers.
I guess I am the exception to the rule as my 40-year career has been entirely in the newspaper business, albeit, with seven different companies and in 10 different locations.
So I am in awe of employees who stay not just with one career or one company for their entire work life, but actually in the same location.
Today, at the Bismarck Tribune we are celebrating employee appreciation day and specifically honoring the 15 people who have been with us for 30 years or more.
Of the 104 people who work here, 60 have 10 years or more with our company, and 35 have been with us for 20 years or more.
In our conference room we have copies of the front page from the date each of the 30-year-plus employees started. It’s been fun looking back at the news of the day.
It was front-page news in 1988 when it was announced that Dale’s clothing of Bowman had added a computerized sewing machine and was doing business over a 10-state area.
In 1985 the opening of the Dayton’s store was celebrated with a $20,000 donation to the Bismarck-Mandan arts and human service organizations.
Twenty-year-old Dean Mattis was pictured on the front page in 1980 when he was first in line at the Bismarck Post Office to register for the Selective Service System.
A 1978 page detailed the Tribune’s switch to a new six-column format.
Today we celebrate three employees who have been with the Tribune for more than 40 years.
The changes these folks have witnessed in their career is staggering. From Apple computers, to automated plate-making that eliminated film, to an entire edition being available on a phone is both exciting and frightening.
The fact that these individuals have been willing to learn and adapt to these unimaginable changes speaks volumes about their dedication and curiosity.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with these wonderful people and to honor their dedication to our company and to the more than 60,000 readers we touch every day.