our October 2017 Senior Beacon
From The Cave
Mad Hatter! Ah yes, Alice!
my life Iíve probably owned more than 300 hats, many of which I still
have. Of course, I donít have my 3 or 4 or 10 cowboy hats I had as a
little boy emulating the Lone Ranger, John Wayne or Audie Murphy and all
those wonderful role models boomers had in the 1950s and early 1960s
mostly. I even have a couple polaroid pictures of me in my chaps and
all. But when baseball became my driving force then ball caps/golf caps
took over my life. I probably have 250 of them scattered around the
garage, home and car. I loved them. Recently I have gathered a few
fedoras. I donít look particularly suave in those but I like them as a
change of pace. I even have a few, what we used to call beanies, maybe
they still are.
February of 1982 though, Iíve worn the same 7-8 hats almost every day
of my life. Sometimes at the same time or on the same day. What are you
talking about, you ask? Well, in February of 1982 I became the Chief
Cook and Bottle Washer (a very old saying) of Senior Beacon. To
save money, I did most everything to get the newspaper out for 428
consecutive months. I wonít name the jobs but I was master of none and
did all I could to do what the jobs required.
Iíve aged, the old body, well, the old body is doing what old bodies
do, they get old! The mind is doing the same but the wisdom that comes
with making too many mistakes but learning from them has brought me to
this place in my life. I just canít wear 7-8 hats anymore.
known it for some time but have been too stubborn to do anything about
it. This year though, when the ball dropped or the clock struck 12 am on
January 1, 2017 I knew I had to quit wearing many of the hats that I had
worn all those years. So I have done just that.
the middle of September I passed most of the hats off to one Ron S.
Phillips. If that name is familiar to you itís because he is a native
Puebloan (Front Ranger) and financial adviser who has written a
financial column for Senior Beacon for the past 8-10 years,
perhaps longer. The name of his company is Beacon News Group d/b/a Senior
Beacon. Most things are remaining the same. Iím still aboard. Why
would I leave? Iíve gone from Chief Cook and Bottle Washer to
Publisher Emeritus (love those Latin words) and also CCO (no, not
coo-coo although I do relate) but Chief Consulting Officer. So Iíll be
around for how long I know not.
instead of 7-8 hats Iím down to three, 1/2 hats. I still retain Beacon
Publishing, LLC and all that entails which is much less than it used to
entail. Iím also a bit of an editor and column writer and I have
retained some of the distribution duties which is no small job in that
we service over 150 distribution spots. Oh yeah, and under Beacon
Publishing, LLC I am also a sales agent for Ron and his Senior Beacon.
guess this is the part where I get sentimental and maybe shed a tear but
you know I know life is hard enough for all of you. You donít need to
hear about all the ups and downs of being a small business owner or all
the folksie stories that have accumulated these past 35-plus years. Huge
thanks to my wife Jeannie, Jan & Rick, Randy, Sue McCullough, Tim
Acosta and Robin Lynn. My undying thanks to all whose prayers helped my
I have to say is that without the grace of God Iíd have had nothing.
How else do you explain an only child and then orphan at 25 from upstate
New York with a college degree but not the smarts to us it, married and
my wife seven months pregnant, pulling up stakes and moving to Colorado
Springs where we knew no one, being able to carve out a life with that
same wife and then three kids? How else do you explain that I am almost
69 and have published a successful and award-winning senior market
newspaper all these years? Itís not that hard to understand though.
really wasnít my doing. Iím a mistake maker. Iím impatient. I
worry way too much. Yet somehow the Lord kept me afloat. It wasnít me
ladies and gents. It was He. Still a Mad Hatter, but whoís Alice
and good health to you and yours!