A Romenesko reader writes: “This goodbye email is from Chuck Berman, photographer (well, formerly now, after yesterday’s [Chicago Tribune] layoffs), which is one of the classiest and most heartfelt goodbyes we’ve had here. It so perfectly sums up why the people we work with make this profession both great (and heartbreaking when we lose people like Chuck).”
On Monday I wrote Rex Huppke a note that I liked his column [right]. On Tuesday, I was laid off.
Coincidence? I think not.
I had a great 37 years at the Tribune. This newspaper and my camera let me knock on people’s doors, take some pictures, enter their lives and enrich mine. So many times, I enjoyed putting my cameras down and talking to these people, sometimes more than the photos themselves. I’ll always keep doing that and talk to strangers. Everyone has a story and some are really, really good.
I have been blessed to work with and be friends with an amazing pack of photographers, reporters, editors and lab techs (and others I’m sure I left out). I even married one of them, for which I am eternally thankful.
Now, my life will be filled with more birds, more lost golf balls, more history books and more stories to hear.
Lucky me, for everything.
Thank you, everyone. Cheers.
* Chicago Tribune lays off 25 employees (suntimes.com)