• Squaremouth travel insurance button 468x106
  • Tico Travel Surfing
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

I Celebrated The Paper’s 25th

May 19, 2006

I fondly remember celebrating The Tico Times’ 25th anniversary with Dery. I also recall the special, tender tribute she paid to her mother for her initiative in breathing life into the first edition of The Tico Times.

It was a time when the newspaper was coming of age, serious investigative journalism was emerging from the ever-eager staff, lawsuits, accreditation and licensing issues bubbled to the surface.

The move from the old Artes Gráficas plant to the new offices in the court district took place; the competition, albeit short lived, that arose from a rival, free-distribution English newspaper.

Don Richard, who had ink running in his veins, could not extricate himself from the printing business, and soon saw that The Tico Times had all of the necessary equipment to run a newspaper except for the press itself. Before long we were setting our own type, had a graphic-arts camera and were doing the color separations.

Although I was not part of the editorial staff (Judie and her lightening speed one-finger typing), the things I looked forward to the most were the late-night rush to get out the next edition, setting heads, pasting up the stories, printing labels, making the run to the Post Office to get the paper into the overseas mail. How much simpler things must be now with the computer.

The growth in the expatriate community over the last 25 years must have helped considerably circulation and with opportunities to sell ad space. Trying to get commitments from local and international companies to run continuous ads in the paper was a weekly struggle; I can only hope that that pressure has diminished somewhat.

I left Costa Rica in 1983 to live in the Dominican Republic and eventually returned to the United States, married and started a family in Richmond, Virginia. After a career in international sales and marketing and international banking, my family and I relocated to Haifa, Israel, where I have been the Director of Finance at the Baha’i World Centre for the past 14 years. My daughters have grown up and are now attending university in the States.

I hope that The Tico Times has a wonderful celebration and that the next 50 years will continue to be ones of excitement and commitment to excellence in journalism. You are to be congratulated on all you have done.

–Gary Hogenson

 

You may be interested

Slothy Sunday: Onward and upward
Sloth Sundays
289 views
Sloth Sundays
289 views

Slothy Sunday: Onward and upward

Duncan Coleman - February 23, 2020

January 26, 11:20 a.m. was the last time I saw Pebbles. Pebbles, the tamandua anteater I had been observing and…

Pic of the Day: Hot chocolate with a garden view
Pic of the Day
43 views
Pic of the Day
43 views

Pic of the Day: Hot chocolate with a garden view

The Tico Times - February 22, 2020

Minutes outside of San José toward Cerro Zurquí, Sibú Chocolate serves some of the finest Costa Rican delicacies around. Their…

After public criticism, Costa Rican gov. repeals decree that created department with access to ‘confidential’ information
Costa Rica
65 views
Costa Rica
65 views

After public criticism, Costa Rican gov. repeals decree that created department with access to ‘confidential’ information

The Tico Times - February 21, 2020

The Costa Rican government repealed a decree that had created a Data Analysis Unit, after public criticism questioned its purpose…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!