From Nancy Francis
When I first started working at KGW, Ronald Reagan was president, we typed our stories on IBM Selectrics, and some of the people who work here now were still in diapers.
Iran and Iraq were at war (with each other). A crimson-clad guru was holding court in Central Oregon. And an up-and-coming singer named Madonna was (not) "Like a Virgin."
There was no such thing as blogging.
MY KGW ID CARD, ISSUED MY FIRST DAY
Almost 23 years later, I am getting ready to sign off for the last time. It's time for something new. I've just been accepted into graduate school at Lewis & Clark, where I plan to get a Masters in Education. Ultimately, my plan is to be certified to teach language arts at the high school level.
It's more than a little daunting, changing course at this stage. I have so much to learn, so much to re-learn. Let's just say I haven't written a thesis paper in....uhmmm...about a quarter century.
I'm sure it will be humbling to face a class for the first time.
But I am excited. I feel fortunate to have had all the opportunities KGW has given me. I also feel lucky to have this new one.
My last day reporting "in the field" will be this Friday, March 7th. After that, I will continue my regular weekend anchor duties until Sunday April 6th. That will be my final broadcast.
In the meantime, I'll be going through some old mementos. I'm going to try to make time to share some of them on this blog.
Amy and I had fun with the one below. My first co-anchor at KGW was Teresa Richardson. The ad below appeared in TV Guide in 1985. When I saw it, I was struck by how much Amy resembles Teresa. It's as though I've done a 360! So after the 5pm news tonight, Amy and I struck a pose and enlisted Joe Becker to take a reenactment photo:
Pretty amazing, huh! More later.