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‘Hale and Farewell’

January 12, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

This was the headline of the Lake Placid News editorial on Feb. 2, 1978, the first issue published by Ogden Newspapers after the Wheeling, West Virginia, chain bought the newspaper from Ed and Bobby Hale.

"The word goodbye sticks in the throat like a bone," the Hales wrote. "After 172 weeks of putting together The Lake Placid News, we trespass on a new editor's territory under a masthead on which our names do not appear."

Almost 40 years later, as the Hales wrote so eloquently, the word goodbye still sticks in the throat like a bone. Last week, we lost Ed Hale.

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Ed Hale

News of Ed's passing came on Sunday, Jan. 7, when we got a call at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise office from his daughter, Melissa. At age 92, Ed died at his Keene home on Jan. 4.

It was sad to hear the news, since Publisher Cathy Moore still remembers Ed and his wife Bobby as the vibrant, enthusiastic couple who bought the Lake Placid News on Oct. 4, 1974 - as Lake Placid was getting ready to host its second Olympic Winter Games - from Bill and Susan Doolittle, owners and publishers of the Enterprise and Lake Placid News.

Ed was a tall, lanky fella who loved the outdoors and fit the typical Adirondack editor image. He was often dressed in wool pants and a plaid shirt, like something from an L.L. Bean catalog.

He had a beautiful bloodhound dog - Clementine - that they referred to as the "newshound" in their subscription promotions. She succeeded Sam the newshound in 1976.

The Lake Placid News was the perfect slate for Ed to write his articles. Being a weekly paper, it gave him a lot of room to write long, and long he did. He received much praise from readers when he did a series on hypothermia. Readers looked forward to reading the series from week to week. It was enlightening and might have even saved a life knowing the signs of hypothermia. He won many awards over the years.

Bobby, who predeceased Ed at the age of 90 in 2015, appeared excited to embark on a new venture of running the newspaper. She had a broad smile and a very hip buzz-cut hairdo. About 44 years ago, Cathy Moore was given the task of teaching Bobby about the circulation department. Even when shown the dreaded postal report that made their eyes glaze over, Bobby still kept smiling, bubbling over with enthusiasm.

Now Ed and Bobby are together in the heavenly clouds of the Adirondacks, but not without leaving their love for newspapers. Their daughter Melissa Hale-Spencer was also born with ink in her blood and owns a weekly newspaper west of Albany, the Altamont Enterprise. Like most people who love newspapers, like her dad, Melissa believed she could change the world, and she has won many awards over the years.

Our sympathies are with the Hale family at this time. And even though their 40 months of putting together the News in the 1970s was just a blip in the history of this Earth, their hard work and dedication to this publication and the Olympic Region continue to inspire our staff every day. We still have a photo of Clementine the Newshound on the wall of the editor's office to remind us of the journalistic excellence the Hales brought to Lake Placid in 1974 and practiced during their tenure.

We'll leave this editorial by giving Ed Hale the floor, one last time, as he ended his farewell editorial in 1978:

"The Hales' last evening in this space is not long enough for all the remembering. The only tasks left to be done are: Wipe Clementine's nose prints from the window, say goodbye and write '30' with a tear."

Goodbye, Ed. Thanks for all the memories.

 
 

 

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