Written by Stacey Starkey
On August 6, 2003, the first edition of the Irving Rambler was printed. And it seems so long ago.
The earliest editions were compiled, written, edited, photographed and designed by only John and myself. In addition, John sold all the advertising, and we distributed the paper with the help of friends. The free bi-weekly publication was distributed by friendly store owners and through several city owned properties.
Created in a converted garage, sometimes the quality suffered; and when the difficulties of publishing a newspaper proved too much for the two of us, we would skip a week here and there.
But people responded to what we had begun, and that made all the difference. Folks would come up to us on the street and in restaurants with fully edited copies of the paper, and handwritten suggestions for improvements. One of my first encounters with Ms. Barbara Cardwell, a formidable woman for whom an IISD school is now named, entailed a very stern lecture on the need for editing and accuracy in newspapers.