It is like that. I know. I've lost a number of relatives and a few friends. A couple of my classmates are gone as is the girl I played with, growing up across the street.
That's the way life is. Things come out of left field and storm across your home plate.
Such is the departure of Tom Lindner. He has been steering the news ship here at KARE for the last 14 years and being a heavy influence for another five. That's a long time to be in news management in one station in this business.
But it is a business, as we all know. It is also a community of people, the people we cover and the people we work with day in and day out.
Tom never forgot that there are real human beings behind those two-dimensional images we present each day and night. They have families and parents and children, just like us.
When you find a guy as compassionate and competent as Tom, you treasure the time together. He has a sense of humor, too. That's something you have to have to last in this business in which we are constantly surrounded by tragedy.
His stay at KARE is no tragedy. It has been a gift. So, on his leaving, we have to blow out the candles, but remember the warmth.
This guy is a manager with a genuine open door and anybody was welcome, to complain, to praise, to rant, to respond, the man has very broad shoulders and an open ear. He has a wealth of experience and smarts. And he uses it all. So, it goes without saying that we'll miss him.
But life goes on, because that's what happens when you have a death in the family or the loss of a beloved co-worker. We will always have that memory and that place of emptiness that we like to call our "heart," even though we know that it has nothing to do with the organ that pumps blood.
Tom, I'm sure, will land well. We'll do the same. Hopefully, we'll keep in touch. That's life.
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