THIS journey of life can take you down some interesting roads.
Here I was cruising comfortably down such a road, working with Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill and Division of Science and Research Director Jan Taylor when a sign on that imaginary highway appeared: "Unique opportunity ahead."
That opportunity was the editorial page editor position at the Charleston Daily Mail.
"What a cool job that would be," I thought, while blowing off the idea because I'd never worked for a daily newspaper before.
Sure, during 30 years as a professional communicator, I had always worked closely with newspaper reporters and editors. Trained as a journalist, I'd been a newspaper stringer, had drafted hundreds of news releases, and been involved with countless interviews.
But I still didn't have that daily deadline experience, so I blew it off.
Yet the idea kept popping into my head.
"You write editorials in your head everyday," I told myself. "No, they wouldn't be interested."
After a week of such internal argument, I finally thought: "What the heck, I've got nothing to lose. I'll call Brad."
Brad as in McElhinny, the managing editor at the time and now, with the retirement of editor and publisher Nanya Friend, the guy in charge.
If you've never met Brad McElhinny, you should know that he is the type of guy who is amazingly easy to talk to. I got to know Brad when he was a cub reporter for the Daily Mail and I was spokesperson for Columbia Gas in Charleston.
So I made the phone call.
Before I knew it, he was inviting me to join him and Nanya for lunch. That went well, and then he invited me to a meeting with the current editorial page staff and to sit in on an editorial board meeting.
The next thing I saw was Brad's name on my caller ID and he was offering me the job.
Wow. The opportunity is exciting, yet daunting. Some extremely qualified and competent people have held this position before me.