Saturday, January 24, 2009

Editor wrote her own obituary

Marybeth Varcados, a journalist at the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian and Santa Cruz Sentinel, wrote her own obituary. That obituary was published this morning in the Sentinel under her byline following her death at age 68. A couple of quotes:
    "When Sophia was in the fourth grade, I returned to the Register-Pajaronian to manage the newly named Family section. A great revolution came to our newsroom soon after -- the introduction of computers, which would change our journalistic lives forever. My section was the first one printed under the new system." ...

    "Mine has been a full and exciting life, which continued as I started the journey with chronic lymphatic leukemia in 1999 under the care of oncologist Dr. Michael Alexander and the wonderful oncology staff. I have never said I fought cancer, rather that I accompanied it on my life's journey."

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