A6 The Daily Tsr Heel Thursday. August 25, 1977
You're holding a 66-pagc newspaper in your hands. It's the largest DTH anyone
can remember. There are five sections, each one headed up by an editor.
There is, however, one editor in charge of the entire operation. To this person has
fallen the task of organizing the paper, of persuading the staff to return to school
early and of overseeing the slow-but-sure production of this mammoth Pailv Tar
This editor is not the person whom the students elected last February to head up
the DTH. Her name is Joni Peters; it's in the upper-left-hand corner of page six in
the Perspective section. She's a senior and this is her last issue.
Joni worked in the composition shop for just over a year and was assistant
managing editor for four months. Last January she became managing editor and
held the job until April, which is about as long as anyone with any sense can hold
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Not having suffered enough, she took the job of editor of the summer Tar Heel.
When the regular editor couldn't make it back for this Orientation issue, Joni
assumed responsibility lor it, too. She's worked on it for a month; she's worried
about it, she's laughed about it, she's screamed about it and, although no one knows
for sure, she's probably cried about it. She's done a beautiful job.
As managing editor of the Daily Tar Heel and as editor of the summer paper, Joni
has been the boss of dozens xf people. Most managing editors can get along with the
staff and get the job done of printing the newspaper. But is there anyone who just
"gets along" with Joni? Is there anyone who doesn't like her and enjoy working with
her? If there is. I'd like to know who and I'd like to know why.
J oni has run the paper remarkably well. For the staff, she is k ind and gracious and
sociable; for the readers, she gets the paper out on time.
Joni. I've worked with you for more than a year and a half, which is about as long
as anyone else has. I suppose. We tell ourselves that we're professional
newspapermen and that we shouldn't pat each other on the back in print but there
wasn't a chance in God's green Earth that I'd miss this opportunity. I won't recount
all the things you've done for this paper but I will say this: as the size of the
Orientation paper grew and grew, the situation started to look a bit desperate.
While others fretted, there you were, organizing, plotting and working. You
motivated some people to work and you picked up the slack from others.
Well. Joni, here it is Thursday morning, and your five-section, 66-page
newspaper is on the streets. . .on time.
We did the national championship paper and the election night paper and I know
how proud you are of them, as well you should be. But you've got to admit; on your
last paper, you did your best job.
See you in the funny pages, kid.
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Joni Peters put together this 66-page newspaper. Steve Hartley printed it. Just as
he has for four years. .
How does a person describe Steve Hartley? A dozen adjectives come to mind, but
the first is cocky. Whereas some men are cocky and aren't worth a plug nickel, Steve
is cocky and knows what he's doing. Running a newspaper press is a skilled trade
and Steve has mastered it. The problem is that, like Joni, Steve has decided to try
I'd be a liar if I said I'm not worried. Steve, working for H inton Press in Mebane,
has done well by this paper. Many times he could have made a standard negative of
an inferior picture and let it run in the Daily Tar Heel as just that an inferior
picture. But he hasn't; Steve takes the time to shoot and reshoot our pictures until
they print as well as he can make them print. That's not just doing a job. That's
taking pride in a job. . ''
He takes the same care and shows the same dedication in the running of the press.
It's fascinating to watch him in action, once the press starts throwing out the DTH
at the rate of 100 per minute. There are at least two dozen ink adjustments for each
page of the paper; which means that, for this issue, Steve has had -to make
adjustments in 1,500 places'. . ; - , , ,
Steve gets involved in his work. Those who read the first page of the sports section
of this issue won't realize that he made four plates for that page; each of the first;
three had something wrong with it, and he took the time to take the plate off of the;
press and make another one. When Steve gets mad at himself, it doesn't fluster hirriy
it makes his work better.
But those of us at the D TH will remember Steve for the company he was. He kept
us laughing all the time. They weren't your ordinary jokes, either; they were crude,
bawdy jokes that, combined with Steve's cockiness and Devil-may-care style,
turned staid, reserved males of the D TH staff into the loudest laughers in the group.
I really can't tell any of his stories but, please, look at the pictures and use your
imagination. Surely you can almost perceive the Steve Hartley we know and
respect. . .,
The best of luck, Steve; we're goine to miss you.
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