Tuesday notes

Aug 12, 2014 By Steven R. Peck

The 10th, not the 3rd

We "oopsed" on the date of Sunday's edition, which read Aug. 3 on page one instead of Aug. 10. In case anyone is interested in why, we had a document failure on our computer system Saturday morning (when production for Section A really gets going) that rendered the original Aug. 10 document impossible to use. So we had to resurrect last week's graphic layout, strip it down, and start over. It worked fine, but we changed every date on every page except one -- the front page.

Sorry about that. Who knows, perhaps it will be a collector's item someday that can be sold for 55 cents instead of 50 -- but probably not.

Special editions coming

Touching on another small bit of newspaper housekeeping, the regular Sunday Diversions section won't be printed for the next three weeks so that we can use staff and press time for three special editions. The first is the Fremont County Primary Election Voters Guide, which goes to press Thursday and will be in your Ranger and Lander Journal on Sunday.

The second is the Fremont County Fair Scrapbook, set for publication Aug. 27. (If you are planning to give us your small thank-you ad from the junior livestock sale, we'll need it by Aug. 19).

Finishing off the three-week cycle is the Fremont County Hunting and Fall Outdoors Edition. Look for it Sept. 3.

Debate season

Republican candidates for Wyoming Governor engaged in a solid and informative debate Monday, when Gov. Matt Mead met his two primary election challengers, State Superintendent Cindy Hill and physician Taylor Haynes. It provided a good candidate showcase before a statewide audience.

Locally, the debate again demonstrated the importance of Central Wyoming College, which hosted the debate on campus, and of its vital affiliate, Wyoming PBS, the state's only public television station, which is headquartered at CWC as well. Our county is pleased and proud to have them both, and Wyoming ought to be as well.

Super moon

For the second time this summer, we got a so-called "super moon" as Earth's satellite body passed closer to our home planet than it has in many years.

Every year has a full moon that comes closer to Earth than any other, but astronomers say the one Sunday was the closest encounter between Earth and the moon since 1993, and there won't be another one so close until 2034. Interestingly, sometimes the closest passage between Earth and the moon is at the point not of the full moon but at the fingernail-thin new moon.

Robin Williams

Not many entertainers can lay a true, unbreakable claim to being one of a kind. Robin Williams did. As a standup comedian, a breakout sitcom TV star 35 years ago on "Mork and Mindy," and as a movie actor of breadth, depth and sensitivity, he was one of the American greats.

Each of us has a favorite memory of performance (we'll take his turn as the title character's psychiatrist in "Good Will Hunting") but on a year-in, year-out basis Williams was at his manic best as an interview guest, responding instantly, expansively, and usually brilliantly to questions from Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman and others. His rapport with Letterman was especially sharp.

There was no one else like Robin Williams, and now he is gone, apparently the taker of his own life at age 63.

Sometimes, when watching him performing live, unscripted and in full bloom, one might wonder how he did it, and how long he could keep doing it. We got the answer, the very sad answer, on Monday.

Wayne Nicholls

After more than 17 years in The Ranger saddle, and 45 years with a news camera in his hand all told, longtime Ranger photographer Wayne Nicholls is retiring.

Wayne has shot tens of thousands of pictures for us, all of them functional, professional and technically sound, and many of them named the best in Wyoming by judges far and wide.

Wayne is not responding to the rocking chair's beckon. Instead, past standard retirement age for most people and well into his Social Security-drawing years, he is embarking on a new challenge as a college student. He will enroll at Central Wyoming College this fall to begin earning a degree in music (in case you didn't know, he can play a bit of guitar and banjo).

We'll be hosting a send-off for him Friday. If Wayne ever shot a picture of you, your family member, your business, your team, your classroom, your farm or ranch, your car, your parade float, your political campaign, your club meeting, your check passing, your concert, your recital, your school play, your graduation ceremony, your construction project, your adventure or your triumph, then you are invited to come by the Ranger office at 421 E. Main St. in Riverton at 4 p.m. Friday for a cookie and a handshake.

Here's to a good week.

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