Do you remember Mike Gartner?
Michael Gartner, the distinguished editor, publisher, and columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, editor of the Courier-Journal, former editor of the Des Moines Register and president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, was in the news recently.
After retiring from the newspaper business, Garner returned to his hometown as his beloved Des Moines and principal owner of the Iowa Cubs, a lower division baseball team and a Triple-A daughter.
Gartner, 83, decided it was time to step down, so he sold the team to a national group, gathered his team of 23, and said, “Here are your new business cards.”
In the envelopes he presented was each employee’s share – based on longevity in the club – of the sales proceeds of $ 600,000.
There were reports of no dry eyes in the group.
Gartner had refused to let anyone go during the pandemic crisis, arguing to its partners that the club “should be doing the right thing”. When the team was sold, he convinced them that “doing the right thing” is to distribute the proceeds of the sale to the same loyal employees.
CDC says avoid cruises
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week warned people not to cruise regardless of their vaccination status, as the Omicron variant causes outbreaks on board. The CDC said more than 90 cruise lines are being investigated or watched for COVID-19 cases.
The Cruise Lines International Association said it was disappointed with the new recommendations, saying the industry was chosen despite the fact that it follows stricter health protocols than other travel sectors.
In March 2020, when the coronavirus hit the US, the CDC suspended all cruises for 15 months. Last June it allowed the ships to resume under new strict new conditions. In August, when the Delta variant rose, the agency warned people who are at risk of serious illness despite being vaccinated not to take cruises.
Omicron has catapulted cases to unprecedented levels in the United States, including Florida, the center of the country’s cruise industry. The state set another record for new daily cases this week, with more than 58,000 recorded Wednesdays.
Betty White dies
National news outlets reported the death of beloved actress and personality Betty White on New Years Eve, just 17 days before her 100th birthday.
White died in her Los Angeles home.
She is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls”. She won five Primetime Emmys and one Daytime Emmy, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy and a Regional Los Angeles Emmy on seven decades of television. It made it into the Guinness World Records in 2014 as the longest ever for female entertainers. In 2010 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Known for her quick wit and comedic talent, she was the widow of the “love of her life”, Allen Ludden, whom she met while appearing on the TV quiz show Password. Ludden died in 1981. She was an animal rights activist and author of several books.
According to reports, the celebrations will continue on her 100th birthday.