There was some trepidation when Dave Blow first suggested we do a story on a former feature writer who was visiting from Australia this summer.
You tend to shy away with stories with a direct connection with the newspaper. But a good story is a good story, and the reporter had been gone for more than a decade. But most importantly, we knew the story had universal appeal that went beyond journalism or The Post-Star.
Konrad Marshall talked his way into a part-time job at The Post-Star that quickly became a full-time job as a feature writer. He was good, and his ideas were always a bit daring.
But at the heart of this story was a love story. Konrad met a local girl in college and he followed her to Glens Falls. They got married and his career took him to several other larger newspapers in America. But eventually, he landed his dream job working at a big newspaper in Australia.
What made this story so compelling is that this was the story of the adventure of a two people struggling through life together.
Dave Blow, who used to be our assistant city editor before becoming a college professor, is working for us on a part-time basis and he delivered a narrative in last Sunday’s newspaper that captured the adventure that is life. It may be the best thing he has ever written.
If you haven’t read the story, you should check it out now.
You won’t be disappointed.