Aug 15, 2012 - By Joe SovaShe gave me more tips that I can remember (although I've used all of them during my career in newspaper, magazines and radio).
Carolyn Tyler was the type of person you'd think would be around forever. She was one of the most dedicated newspaper people that I have ever know. Her passing is a huge loss to the Riverton community, as well as her family.
I first met Carolyn when I went to work for The Riverton Ranger in 1982. It was my first newspaper job. At that time, Carolyn was the Ranger editor, while her faithful husband, Bob, was the advertising director. While I worked in the advertising department under Bob, I also got to know Carolyn.
After two years in ads, I became the Ranger sports editor. While I was sitting at the manual typewriter punching out sports stories on that endless yellow continuous form paper, Carolyn was doing the same writing general news.
She gave me more tips that I can remember (although I've used all of them during my career in newspaper, magazines and radio).
Carolyn pulled no punches. She got right to the point when it came to covering a beat such as the Riverton school board. Carolyn was as fair as any reporter can be, and she also was fair to her fellow reporters. She gave them instruction, yet let them have the reins and run with a story.
Carolyn was a meticulous proofreader and editor. She would not just edit a story; she would explain the reasons for any changes she made to the article's author.
Bob and Carolyn Tyler were a team from the word go. I attribute their dedication to The Ranger to the support of each other, in the workplace and beyond. Bob would always be there when Carolyn needed a helping hand in the office. She deserved the special care Bob gave her.
It was not "all business" in the Ranger office. There was occasional banter between Carolyn and other employees about her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Her regular wagers with Dennis Tippets were quite entertaining. She would support the Huskers at a moment's notice. Carolyn wasn't seeing red, just wearing red to remind you she backed the Huskers. She was also a staunch supporter of the Riverton Wolverines.
Her newspaper columns were widely read. Carolyn often wrote about chitchat, but her columns often also had some valuable information. One of the columns she wrote, a year or two ago, was about "texting for seniors." It gave readers a good laugh.
If it was not a laugh, Carolyn could always put a smile on your face. Her little smile is forever etched in my memory.
Carolyn, we'll all miss you.
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