2006.06.28 Support kicks in after quarter century of marriage

Written by David Green.

By COLLEEN LEDDY

I am not a supportive wife, especially when it comes to the Observer. Oh, I work ungodly hours on a Monday night, proofreading and laying out pages and writing the occasional story or column. And I handle the payroll and tax reporting and pay the bills. But when it comes to the really important stuff, I’ve not kept up my part of the marriage promise. Although...was agreeing to be a “yes man” part of the vows? If not, then I’m off the hook. I don’t really recall “I promise to keep quiet when I disagree” being part of the bargain.

Seems like society expects it, though—the “stand by your man” mentality. You’ve heard it said, I’m sure, “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” Poor David. That’s not true in his case. His greatness is all his own. I’m more likely to be described by the quote attributed to Jim Carrey, "Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." I’m the one Jesus had in mind when he said, “O, ye of little faith.”

I think David knew what he was getting himself into right from the start. But on the cusp of our 25th year of marriage, as I take stock of our union and business, I’m feeling a little sheepish.

I recall one of David’s finest moments in journalism, the April 1, 1987 issue of the Observer when he wrote a fake story about Morenci being part of Ohio. He did some of that research during a family visit to the old Stair Public Library building. Ben was four and a half, Rozee was not quite a year old and they were both uncharacteristically running wild in the small quarters. I was ready to leave and I wanted David to get a move on. I remember walking up the steps to the reference section and urging him to hurry up. I thought he was spending too much time on a story that was boring as all get out. I didn’t take Michigan history in fourth grade. I was in New York City—in heaven with a new set of vibrant magic markers Mrs. Conrath’s husband was able to purchase for her students at a discount. I knew diddley about the Toledo War and a strip of land in exchange for the Upper Peninsula.

No one is going to care, I told him. It isn’t even funny.

Boy, was I ever wrong. That story is still the most talked about article ever, nearly 20 years later.

I thought his idea to ditch the broadsheet and embrace the tabloid size paper was a big mistake. That version seemed too much like the sensational blaring headline papers of my youth in New York. I missed By the Way on the front page. It didn’t seem like a “real” paper. But the move to tabloid saved the business. Likewise, I was weak-kneed at the idea of switching to paid subscription from free circulation and from private delivery to the U.S. mail. But those, too, panned out.

I’m hoping I can soon say the same about the “State Line Observer.” I still haven’t accepted that move and I grumble and mumble when it seems Fayette content is more than Morenci’s. Oh, every now and then I concede that Fayette does something or other better than Morenci and we can learn from them (their library has some great programs, for example), but most of the time I am thinking things like, why didn’t he take photos of Morenci’s T-ball kids? Sure, that was an excellent page of photos, capturing the essence of five-year-olds and the sport of baseball, but why Fayette kids?

And for weeks, he was working on developing statelineobserver.com and I never even went to the site. He’d mention something and I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. Heck, he’s been working on it for months, I see as I click backward in time to read his postings.

Now that I’ve looked it over, I must say, this is the coolest thing. Sure, you can get news on the site. But it’s the blog that makes this site special. The breadth of subjects that pique his interest, the humor, the concern for the environment, it’s a pretty complete look at the complex man I married. It’s like a daily letter from David, and just like the days before we were married, when I looked forward to a letter bearing the Morenci postmark, there’s always something interesting or funny or quirky in his postings. You never know what you’re going to get.

It’s a dose of David Green every day.

Sure to cure what ails you.

– June 28, 2006
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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