Each My View column has averaged about 500 words. This edition brings the count to a total of 671,517 words in the years I have worked to bring you what I felt was the best on my mind at the time.
Before we sold the Curry Coastal Pilot in 1981, my wife Polly and I wrote a column called Compass Points. It averaged about 650 words, per issue. That went on for 52 weeks, times 19 years, times 650 words, which equals 642,200 words.
Therefore, in the last 38 years, I've written 1,313,700 words of opinion.
It has been fun. It has been exhilarating.
It has been exhausting.
See you at the Brookings Post Office.
This is the last of 1,313,811 words.
("30" is a newspaperman's way of saying "The End.")
Editor's Note: Dick Keusink and his wife of 62 years, Polly, bought the Curry Coastal Pilot in 1961. At that time, the circulation was around 1,700, and the paper came out once a week. The couple sold the newspaper to Western Communications Inc. (the current owner) in July 1981.
Keusink was born Jan. 10, 1922. He graduated from the Stanford School of Journalism in 1946, and his first newspaper job was with a newspaper in Santa Paula, Calif., in Ventura County.
Keusink later worked for the Burlingame Advance, the Redwood City Tribune, and the Santa Monica Evening Outlook.
He was present at the peace talks in Korea following the ceasefire of the 1950-53 Korean war. He worked for the United Nations at that time, in public relations, and produced much of the news copy relating to the armistice that appeared in newspapers all across the globe.
He and Polly have three children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one dog named Bob.
The Pilot is grateful for Dick and Polly's contributions to the Curry Coastal Pilot and the community.
We wish them well.