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Peeps on the Street: What was the most meaningful part of your time at the newspaper?

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The Turret once had a running question and answer column called “Peeps on the Street.” Since this is the last issue of the printed newspaper, we thought it would be fun to revive that old column one last time, but strictly for those who have worked on the staff of the newspaper at some point.

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We tried several times to reach Larry Barnes for a response but were unsuccessful in doing so. However, we have good representation from prior editors in this final edition.

Thanks for the memories …

Rachael Tolliver:

Associate editor – 2005-2008

Editor – 2014-2016

“The real-life tutorials I received while serving with Larry Barnes — the Turret’s longest serving editor — was the most meaningful part of being at the newspaper. He was universally recognized as the Dean of Army Editors, and it had been my goal for several years to serve with him. He taught us to localize national events; educate the local population about touring Kentucky in our leisure; that no topic was off the table to cover as long as we came down on the side of Army regs, and always put our own opinion in the desk drawer when we were covering a story. It’s these things that helped make the paper the most widely read weekly paper in Kentucky, and consistently ranked as the best newspaper in the Army. Those are lessons that have served me well during my career.”

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin:

Final military staff writer –
July 2007-March 2008

“The most meaningful part of my time at the newspaper was the mentorship I received from the staff. As a young specialist, I worked for Connie Shaffery, had the best editor ever in Larry Barnes, and worked daily with Rachael Tolliver, Maureen Rose, Catrina Francis and John Neville. I credit much of the success in my career to these people because they helped shape who I am as a public affairs specialist. They taught me the importance of producing quality products, a trait that I carry with me daily. I arrived at the Turret mistakenly, as I was originally supposed to be assigned to 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), but One Stop didn’t get the memo, I guess. I’m really happy they made that mistake.”

Maureen Rose:

Acting editor – 2008-2014

“My experience with both the paper and the News Enterprise as well as the Turret staff was the best! I have never enjoyed my job as much as I did at the Turret. As a military wife, I have had my share of moves and a variety of jobs, most of which I enjoyed. No matter the situation, you can always learn something new (sometimes about yourself, sometimes about others). However, what I miss the most is working with the military community: Soldiers, retirees, family members, civilians and contractors. They all love this country and have proven it with their service, whether it involved a uniform or not! I love interviewing and had the opportunity to meet some pretty wonderful folks. I’m really sorry the paper is not going to continue producing a hard copy — there is something so satisfying about holding print in your hands!”

Catrina Francis:

Acting editor – 2016-2017

“My most meaningful time at
The Gold Standard was the connections I had with the installation and community. I had an opportunity to meet and interview some phenomenal people, and some of those folks have become friends and family. I also had the chance to interview influential people as well as those who had an impact on the history of Kentucky. I laughed, cried, and heard stories from those in the Fort Knox community that will remain near and dear to my heart. Fort Knox became my home away from my native state of Wisconsin, and leaving was bittersweet. I will always remember the lifelong lessons and advice on becoming a better writer from former editor Larry Barnes. Knowing I was not only part of a team, but part of a family — the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office family — made my time meaningful and memorable.”

Eric Pilgrim:

Editor – 2017-2018

“Coming here at the old hallowed stomping grounds of master editor Larry Barnes was a bit of a dream come true for me — especially since I was getting the opportunity to fill his boots. I am most saddened that I was given only one year to make a mark on this storied newspaper. However,
I am most grateful, too. Even more importantly, I have had the privilege and joy of being touched by the extraordinary lives of Soldiers,
retirees, civilian employees, contractors, and all their families with whom I have crossed paths. I have been given a coveted seat from which to observe and record history as it is made by those who call Fort Knox their home. Though the platform for these stories has changed, the opportunity to write them hasn’t, and I look forward to what the next chapter brings.”