Joined by buddies, colleagues and associates, 4 generations of the Roberts household celebrated the induction of Chris and Paula Roberts into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, October twenty second.
The induction ceremony was half of the group’s annual convention, being held in-person for the primary time since 2019 on the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center in Bar Harbor.
Chris and Paula Roberts symbolize the second era of the Roberts household to be inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. Sam and Abbie Roberts, Chris’ mother and father, obtained the distinction in 2002. Sam Roberts died in 2018.
Abbie Roberts was current on the ceremony on October 22, together with Chris’ sisters, Bev Andrews and Deb Rix, Deb’s husband Buff, and Karen and Skip McCarrick, longtime buddies of Chris and Paula.
Chris and Paula Roberts have been nominated for a Hall of Fame by John Roberts and Allan Roberts, their sons and affiliate editors of the Lincoln County News, and performing editor Maia Zewert. John Roberts learn a portion of the nomination letter to introduce his mother and father, noting his father’s just about lifelong involvement with the newspaper and his mom’s devotion to driving hundreds of miles throughout the state to find out about highschool sports activities to report.
John Roberts talked about that Chris has collected 2,099 consecutive points with out lacking a single print date on account of trip, sickness or different causes. He then talked about that the very subsequent week after submitting the nomination papers, Chris missed his first week when he contracted COVID-19.
After stating his try to carry again his tear ducts, John Roberts handed the mic over to his father, who was virtually instantly engulfed by the identical feelings.
“John caused this problem,” Chris Roberts as soon as stated, drawing laughter from the group.
During his speech, Chris Roberts spoke about how the business has modified. He spoke of Lincoln County Publishing Co.’s first modifying terminal, which had “amazing 4K storage,” in addition to his reminiscence of utilizing handset sorts and discovering “workups,” which have been lengthy black strains , created on the house, labored its method up one web page.
“These days editors get upset about other things,” stated Chris Roberts.
He additionally spoke about his total household’s involvement within the newspaper from an early age, along with his father bringing house jobs for him and his sisters to work on or newspapers that wanted to be addressed.
The household’s involvement was taken over when Paula Roberts started writing for the newspaper. She began part-time however went full-time when John and Allan have been sufficiently old, Chris Roberts stated, reporting on video games “sometimes with the kids on their backs, sometimes on the side.”
Both sons work on the newspaper and symbolize the fifth era, stated Chris Roberts and broke off with emotion. Paula Roberts lined for him and pointed to her 4 grandchildren – Matthew, Thomas, James and Michaela – who have been sitting with their moms, Kristen Roberts and Allison Roberts.
“There are four over there and we’re hoping one is the sixth!” she stated, inflicting the group to giggle. Paula additionally spoke in regards to the challenges of the job, together with the difficulties she faces in a male-dominated area.
Chris Roberts concluded by thanking the group for the distinction and saying that he and Paula have been honored to be acknowledged.
“It is an honor and a privilege to see the LCN move on to the next generation,” stated Chris Roberts.
Earl Brechlin, co-founder of the Mount Desert Islander, was additionally inducted on the ceremony, as was final yr’s record of new additions – Dorothy “Dot” Roderick, Dieter Bradbury and Judy Meyer – who couldn’t be personally acknowledged after this portion of the convention canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Established in 1998, the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame honors newsmen with Maine connections who’ve made excellent contributions to the occupation. Visit mainepressassociation.org for extra data.