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Chuck Smith remembered

It is with profound shock and sadness that I absorbed the news of the death of Chuck Smith, news editor of the Great Bend Tribune.
He was 56, just five scant years older than I, but a lot can be shoehorned into a five-year span.
Especially in the field of journalism, where the bright eyes of altruism by graduates leaving journalism school are quickly replaced by the thick skin needed to cover three decades of community government.
I had just arrived in Larned, first job out of J-school in 1985, when I first became aware of Chuck. I didnt meet ...


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