That's their Call, so to speak. But retired and well-respected Morning Call reporter, Dick Cowen, has a much different perspective. He'd like to unveil a "news story the paper just never wrote."
Richard "Dick" Hummel, longtime executive at The Morning Call, died some months ago. He received a lengthy obituary in the paper that he served for decades. He was someone admired by a large cross-section of Call employees.
One position Dick held in his later years was being a board member of the Century Fund, the charitable fund established by Call Publisher Don Miller to distribute some of his millions. He was one of the five board members of the Century Fund.
Well, the remaining four several months ago chose Lee Butz, the Lehigh Valley construction mogul, to fill Hummel's seat on the board. The report from a colleague is that Butz is fitting in well.
No mention in the paper.
Back before he moved over to federal court, then Lehigh County President Judge James Knoll Gardner called upon the Century Fund to submit a report of its first ten years of operation.
The report went on for pages, listing local organizations alphabetically and grants distributed by the fund across its first decade. It was impressive. Try to find it in checking out the back years of the paper.
The Baum School of Art has a scholarship gala scheduled for Oct. 18. It is to honor the vision of Donald P. Miller, the Century Fund and the Miller family. The printed notice of the event includes the list of the board of the Century Fund, including new member Lee A. Butz.
Editorial comment: If the hierarchy of the now Tribune-owned Call isn't hailing the legacy of its earlier leaders, what chance do the rest of us have for our achievements to be heralded?