Letter from the president: Looking out for the LampLighter

Reading the LampLighter has always been one of my favorite things about living in Cooper-Young. Since joining the board around the time that the economy tanked, I have always pushed to help make sure that the print version of the LampLighter doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon. A long line of talented editors have been responsible for maintaining the integrity of this original publication, and our most recent editor, David Royer, is one of my all-time favorites.

For the past 2 1/2 years, David consistently raised the bar in regard to the content and design of the paper, and I personally feel is a large part of bringing the paper to the cusp of profitability again. It’s certainly not an easy job to deal with a staff of volunteer writers, sometimes slow-responding board members, and a nervous and often meddling CYCA president. I was just joking last month about driving him crazy with my late letters and weird requests. Coincidence? Hope not. Anyway, I suppose that the downside of having a great editor is that someone bigger and better always wants them, too.

Although I hate to lose him, I would like to congratulate David on his new job at The Commercial Appeal. Luckily, David and his lovely wife, Liz, (arguably one of the coolest couples around) are not leaving the neighborhood, and he is very willing to help with the transition of finding a new editor and layout person. We already have a number of highly qualified candidates ready for the chance to carry on the tradition, so I hope to be introducing everyone to a new editor very soon.

In conclusion, David isn’t going anywhere … are you, David? Please don’t change your number … smells like dinner is ready … I like that shirt …


June Hurt/CYCA president

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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