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Mischner: Glenn Tucker, a helluva newspaperman

Posted: May 28, 2015 8:17 a.m.
Updated: May 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.

After many, many years, today may be Glenn Tucker’s final column with the Chronicle-Independent (hopefully, he may choose to periodically write one from time to time when he gets the urge). Additionally, he has written the lion’s share of this newspapers editorials and that important duty will now be handled by others at the newspaper.

Quite simply, Glenn is a brilliant writer. His editorials have always been concise, to the point and loaded with common sense. Like all good editorial writers, he wrote fearlessly, yet always fairly. Glenn had a way of balancing the newspaper’s editorials, so that those on both sides of the issue felt fairly treated (well, most of the time).

While Glenn excelled as an editorial writer, he soared as a columnist. His columns had a way of striking a chord with our readers on a regular basis. But, his real genius was in crafting his humor columns. He had a great way of poking fun without being mean-spirited. Many, many times he even made himself the butt of the joke and, of course, sometimes, even the always good-natured Wife Nancy. Being able to write humorously is a gift very few writers possess. I believe Glenn was truly the Lewis Grizzard of the local newspaper (and I say that as a very high compliment). In fact, I have said many times that Glenn could have been a successful nationally syndicated humor columnist if he had chosen to follow that path. He is so gifted, he made it look easy.

While our readers will surely miss his superb writing, my feelings are of a huge loss … not only professionally, but also personally. Our relationship goes back 42 years … all the way back to 1973. We both worked for The Camden Chronicle when we first met, under the auspices of Banner Publishers.

In 1978, he and I founded and launched the Camden Independent and we later merged our newspaper with The Camden Chronicle in 1981 to form the Chronicle-Independent and the Camden Media Co. partnership. Following his lifelong dream of spending half the year in Maine, 18 years ago Glenn stepped down from the partnership, but continued his association with the Chronicle-Independent as editor of the editorial pages, until now.

Over the years, our friendship has grown as our lives have always been more entwined since our wives and kids are also very close, as well. We have celebrated many of life’s milestones together along the way. We have professionally shared our careers and personally respected each other’s opinions on local issues, and the community as a whole. We are fast friends.

That will not change even though he will no longer have the day-to-day responsibility for the opinions expressed on these editorial pages.

Hopefully, Glenn will choose to intermittently share a funny story with our readers when the urge strikes him and we will all enjoy reading his words again on these pages.

So today, I’d like to give a tip of my hat to Glenn Tucker … a good friend and a helluva newspaperman.

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