Friday, 4 May 2007

Page 6er signs off

Chris Gerritsen, Calgary's Page Sixer for nine years, signs off today in a Calgary Sun farewell column on, where else, Page Six.

Chris, as reported in TSF a few weeks ago, has decided to "call it quits."

Thanks to Fading to Black and Rob Lamberti, TSF has learned the Calgary Sun is advertising for a new Page Six columnist. (See the ad below.)

Before moving on to a "new and exciting direction within Calgary's corporate community," Chris writes:

"This is it. This is last Chris on Six column.

After nine fantastic years at Calgary's greatest newspaper, I'm moving on to take the career in a new and exciting direction within Calgary's corporate community.

It's been quite a ride.

The Page Six gig definitely tops the cool jobs list. Writing Page Six, being a part of the Sun family, has enabled me to do some pretty incredible things."

All the best Chris and TSF applauds your editors for publishing your farewell column. Farewells in the Toronto Sun for veteran columnists and reporters have been curbed, i.e. John Downing, Valerie Gibson, Bill Brioux, Al Cairns etc.

Page Six was a big success in Toronto when Gary Dunford ruled the roost. People, readers and colleagues, lined up to feed Gary jokes and newsy items. His personalized license plate in the 1980s read "Page Six."

Gary signed off in July of 2005 after 7,127 columns, but not all on were on Page Six. Somewhere along the way, misguided editors uprooted Gary and finding his daily column became a guessing game for readers.

You can still catch Gary's final column on his blog.

Meanwhile, in Calgary, the hunt is on for a new Pager Sixer, which is great to hear. The Calgary Sun knows where Page Six is at.

Calgary Sun, Page Six Columnist, posted by Annie Elias, Sun Media Corporation, human resources administrative assistant. Application deadline May 11.

"The Calgary Sun is looking for an energetic, imaginative and charismatic writer to be a Page Six Columnist. Page Six is a unique column that requires a unique individual. The successful candidate should have strong roots in the community, an understanding of Calgary and Calgarians and ability to represent the Sun at numerous functions. Candidates must be able to juggle several tasks at once, manage time efficiently and be up-to-date on local news, trends and personalities. A competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Interested applicants should apply by Friday, May 11, 2007 to: Jose Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief, The Calgary Sun, 2615 12 St. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 7W9. Fax: (403) 250-4180. Phone calls regarding this position will not be accepted."

1 comment:

  1. Job posting is out for a new Page 6 columnist. Don't write the obit yet.