Hello there… finally.
Due to someone being a few days early, I was a few days late to work as your new editor of the Hudson Hub-Times. But more on him in a bit.
Hopefully, most of you had the chance to read my "Hello Hudson Q&A" in Wednesday's edition, where I gave you a little insight into my background. If not, here is a quick recap.
No, that wasn't a typo. I am 28, even though my picture might make you think I'm a bit younger. You should see me without a beard -- I'm not a day over 18.
But I digress. I am a University of Akron graduate, majoring in News writing. I became the associate editor for The Suburbanite and Jackson Suburbanite in 2008 at 23, and did that for more than four years. During that time I learned a lot about the communities in southern Summit and northern Stark counties. Now it's time to learn more about your community.
I also mentioned I am a big runner, having competed at both Walsh Jesuit High School and as a Zip. But I'm not particular, I love all sports, and that's where I spent a lot of time writing early on. The purity of high school sports is unmatched. The student sections, the marching bands and the school rivalries -- it's something every community should take pride in.
And speaking of the community, that's what I'll be focused on here. I drove around town with Reporter Laura Freeman earlier in the week to better familiarize myself with the parts of Hudson I have not yet seen. One nice feature is that there are mostly "mom and pop" shops around the city. Keeping chain gangs to a minimum is a rarity anymore, but a very welcome sight. My wife always enjoyed shopping downtown and visiting the library during breaks when she worked as a kindergarten teacher at Kinder Care for a couple years.
And my wife Nicole brings me to why I had a late start at my job. On March 5, we had our first baby, Andrew Adam, Jr. Let's face it, with a last name like mine -- there is no "s" at the end -- there is going to be confusion no matter what. I'm pretty sure it would have been easier if it was spelled Addams - and it would explain all my cousins too. As for the name Andrew, it has been passed down in my family now for six generations. And by the time you are reading this, he should finally be home.
Little Andrew -- which used to be my name when my Grandpa Andrew was around -- had to have surgery to put the rest of his intestine back in his stomach the morning after he was born. Thankfully, it was one of the most minor cases the doctors had seen, so recovery only took about a week.
So if you see me in person over the following weeks - I do plan to restart the "Coffee with the Editor" days at Yours Truly - excuse me if I look like I haven't slept in ages. Because I probably haven't. And since I don't drink coffee, well… I'll stay awake somehow.
My plan for the paper is to try and keep things the status quo. Everything I've heard is that the readers love the paper, so no reason to change much. But if you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see, let me know.
As for how to let me know, I do hope to utilize Facebook and Twitter a bit more. Just search Hudson Hub-Times on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @hudsonhubtimes. I hope to have both of these more active once I sift through all the emails I've received in one week at email@example.com. Between our general email and Bill's old email, every time I read and process one email, two more seem to sprout up. At this rate, I should be caught up by Christmas.