The Toronto Sun turns 43 next Saturday, with many of the 62 or so Day Oners still around to mark the day and remember how it was putting a new tabloid together.
Celebrating the birth of the Toronto Sun is an excellent time to send out an open invite to former Sun Media staffers who have launched independent newspapers across Canada.
Independents spawned by Sun Media's downsizing have been popping up in the past decade and we often wonder how they are being received by readers and advertisers.
Former Sun Media staffers publishing independent newspapers in the shadows of the conglomerates can describe the experiences in unlimited words.
Include the who, when, where and why of the start-ups, number of staff, circulation, community support etc. Any advice for others considering the launch of an independent newspaper?
Email your start-up experiences to email@example.com
Meanwhile, Toronto Sun Day Oners continue to relish the choice they made in going with the tabloid start-up after the demise of the Toronto Telegram days earlier.
The photos in this blog posting were snapped in the early years of the Toronto Sun in the Eclipse Building factory environment.
Christina Blizzard and Andy Donato are the lone Day Oners still on the job.
Other surviving Day Oners, including Don Hunt, George Anthony, Jim Thomson, Jac Holland, Norm Betts, Dave Cooper, John Iaboni, Cal Millar, Linda Bone, John Downing, Joan Sutton, Ann Rankin, Kaye Corbett, Kathy Brooks, Glen Woodcock, Mary Zelezinksy and Bob McMillan, remember seeing a dream become a reality on Nov. 1, 1971.
They are also invited to share their memories via firstname.lastname@example.org