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Joe Leydon

“At around 10am on April 18, 1995, one of my Houston Post editors called me at home while I was eating breakfast to break the bad news: The Post was shutting down, effective immediately, and we had until 5pm to get all of our belongings out of the building. It was a shock. But it wasn’t a surprise. That the fourth-largest city in the United States had suddenly become a one-newspaper town was really big news for, oh, I dunno, maybe 24 hours. The next day the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. I vividly remember being interviewed by a headhunter for an out-of-town paper in a Holiday Inn hotel room. The guy was polite, and seemed truly sympathetic. But throughout our conversation, it was obvious that while he had one eye trained on me, he had the other eye trained on a TV across the room that was showing live reports on the Oklahoma City horror… To this day, I can tell you who called me within hours after news of the Post closing broke to offer condolences, job leads and/or, no kidding, office equipment. I can also tell you who returned my calls during the days and weeks afterward. And I can tell you who immediately stopped taking my calls.Clint Eastwood had one of his people call me to promise that he’d make himself available for an interview to promote his next movie, and he didn’t really care when or even if I could sell it.”
Joe Leydon Remembers The End Of The Houston Post, 27 Years Ago Today

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