“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.” — Tom Stoppard
“You’re an idealist,” he said, he who was my immediate superior.
He was right.
At the time I was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps serving at my last duty station before finishing that career and preparing to enter a new one.
That was 1978. I was about to move to Austin, earn my humanities degree from the University of Texas, and put my idealism to good use as a journalist.
Today I reached what Lincoln so poetically called four score years.
Tom Stoppard’s words inspire me still.
I was just three score and ten when I was preparing to launch the Bulldog a decade ago. I wrote in the FAQs for the website, “We’re small. We’re scrappy. We aren’t going to change the world, but we aim to make a difference in our little corner of it.”
That was my pledge to the community I chose to serve and will continue serving.
I’m still an idealist.
Thirty-eight years as a journalist, with a couple of national awards for investigative reporting and a Bulldog record of accomplishment behind me, I still believe this work can make a difference.
I will continue as long as I’m able. And I’m plenty able.
Each year I celebrate my new age by counting up the years and bicycling a mile for each. Two days ago, joined by many friends along the way, I rode the eighty miles.
The years add up. The miles go by. And I hold fast to the ideal that political candidates, officeholders and government officials should be held accountable. I will continue doing my best to make it so.
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