Four years ago, I, along with about 20 classmates, took Greg Stobbe?s freshman English honors class. At that time, I had absolutely no intention of joining his publication staff.
I had heard interesting things about Stobbe and I thought him to be “crazy”. All I wanted to do was to get my grade and get out. That?s when he said, ?Join journalism.?
When he said that, I was immediately reminded of the ?We want you for the US Army? poster with Uncle Sam. I was unmoved, still with no intention of entering publications.
Stobbe badgered me for months. He wanted me to run the layout and design of the hardcopy. I remained adamant; I would not yield. He finally left me alone after about a year.
Well, about two years ago, after being part of the band for six years, I decided I needed a change. Just about that time, Stobbe approached me with a new proposition. Instead of wanting me to run the hardcopy, he charged me with the redesign of the Web site. I was much more interested in Web site design than print productions, so I took the job.
These past two years with Stobbe have been most enjoyable. He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did I learn new computer languages that I will use in my career, but I also helped our class to win the NSPA Online Pacemaker last year.
I still think Stobbe is a little crazy, but I wish to thank him for giving me my position on staff and allowing me to take part in building an award winning Web site.