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The News Pilots

The News-Pilot is special to me for a few reasons. 1) It was my first job. I was a youth carrier for at least 3 years. My Mom was my boss and believe me, she did not believe in sick days- she even made me hobble down the street delivering papers in a cast. 2) I lived in the old News-Pilot building downtown on 6th Street. It was my first apartment that was not owned by family, my industrial-urban-bohemian experience. It saved me a trip to New York. and 3) The News-Pilot was OUR paper. We didn’t have to share it with the “south bay”.

Bob Beck was first up. He had some great stories about what it was like to be a newspaper man in the 60’s. It sounded just like Mad Men but with way more booze and newsprint.

Steve Marconi was up next. He told the story about how the “Real San Pedran” came about and how fortunate he was to be able to live AND work in town.

Donna Littlejohn is the last “man” standing from the News-Pilot days. She survived the transition over to the Daily Breeze where she continues to cover San Pedro and other areas in the South Bay. She told about her San Pedro learning curve and how she has grown to love the town.

It really was a wonderful talk. You’re listening to these stories on the patio of the Muller House that overlooks the main channel. It’s amazing!