A salute to The 62, or so
Life at the Toronto Sun would not have been as whole without the ladies on the switchboard, including Day Oners Jean Osborne and Margaret Kmiciewicz, aka Mrs. K.
Reporters depended on them daily for incoming and outgoing calls from and to people around the world, often when time counted and deadlines were near.
But when the pace was slower and there was time to chat, Jean and Margaret and others who followed were always at reception with advice and stories to tell.
Rather than being shuffled off to a dark closet to work their magic, the switchboard ladies were always an integral part of the newsroom. At 333, they were the first to greet people to the newsroom with a smile and candy.
Margaret, who was switchboard chief, retired from the Sun and died Dec. 13, 2008, at Providence Centre. She was 87. Sun employees had only fond memories.
Jean also retired and if you are in touch with her, give her our regards.