Charles McNamaraDateline: Chas McNamara
“Hey LT look at this,” one of my reporters shouted holding a copy of the Washington Post in front of him so I could see the headline. “Booze, Broads and Boredom: Life in the Second Infantry Division,” read the headline. We all crowded around the paper that had been sent to him by his parents. “We stirred up a hornet’s nest this time,” our editor said. A month earlier we had published an issue of the division's "Indianhead" newspaper, with a number of articles, photos and cartoons addressing the issue of venereal disease. We had quoted the division surgeon as saying the VD rate was 100 percent. We recognized other details in the Washington Post article that had come from our stories. “Well this got their attention,” said the general in front of whose desk I was standing at attention. “It’s about time the brass new what a bleak existence this is here.” The division was based in northern Korea just south of the DMZ. Few improvements had been made to the facilities since the Korean war ended in 1953. It was 1973. The soldiers liked what we were writing about because we were telling their story. Their existence. I now knew the impact of a good story. I had only been out of journalism school for three years. That’s how my career in publishing started. I’ve worked on all kinds of publications and every time we found a good story to tell, the staff knew it and the readers told us. Over the years I have produced publications for Metropolitan State College, Allied Jewish Federation of Denver, National Cattleman's Association, Children's World Learning Centers and others. I created the Mountain Commuter for people living in the mountains west of Denver and expanded Vail Magazine to become Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine. I’ve decided I am not a journalist. I am a story teller.