A farewell of sorts and changes galore
All good things, it is said, come to a new beginning. I have been writing this column since June 1980 when I picked it up from my predecessor, Arthur Jones, now NCR editor-at-large. I have enjoyed my weekly expressions, staying in touch with you, our valued readers. It has been a pleasure to share personal thoughts while introducing the weekly issue.
Consider this a farewell of sorts. Not that I am going far. But among my last words for this column, I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for all the support you continue to show NCR. I have confidence in the paper's still youthful maturity and believe its best years remain ahead.
With this issue I take on the task of NCR publisher. Senior Editor Michael Farrell becomes Executive Editor Michael Farrell. To use the language of the season, he will be your new quarterback. I will work with him -- but at a distance -- in helping develop the paper's direction.
Farrell came to NCR early in 1980 -- several months before I did, he likes to remind me. We have worked closely together over the years. He's been your Forum editor, arts and culture editor, features editor and, most recently, NCR senior editor. He is well suited to lead the paper at this juncture in church history.
Those of you who do not yet know him will enjoy getting to know this self-deprecating Irishman. Asked to volunteer information on his personal life, he simply said: "Tell them my wife's name is Marilyn; my dog's name is Kierkegaard." No doubt there is more to learn from Farrell in this space in the weeks ahead.
Farrell will write "Inside NCR" from now on. I will maintain my ties with the paper by helping out with editorials and by writing a monthly publisher's column.
Other changes occurring in the NCR newsroom include these:
-- Tom Fox
National Catholic Reporter, January 10, 1997