Ledger bids farewell to longtime ad man
When Gene Luedtke started working in The Fairfield Ledger advertising department in August 1969, Ben Taylor was the resident curmudgeon, and linotype operators still set type from a pot of molten lead.
That’s a career of about 12,000 Ledger issues. The longtime advertising manager will be retiring Friday.
People just don’t work 42-plus years in the same place anymore. Those are numbers racked up by the likes of The Ledger’s Dean Gabbert, Bill Baker, Walter Williams, Dale Simmons and Taylor himself.
When I came on the scene, Gene, Ron Rominger and pressman Larry Skinner were the elder statesmen. The three of them worked their whole careers here. It brightens my day when Ron and Larry wander in the front door on occasion. Gene will have the same welcome.
Aside from losing a co-worker and a darn good salesman, I’ll miss having his vast resource of Fairfield knowledge just a shout away. The guy is better than Google when it comes to answering questions about his hometown. The Carnegie Historical Museum in Fairfield has the right person in charge.
Gene and I have always commiserated that as long as we have eight or nine good days out of 10, life at The Ledger is good. It’s been good enough to keep him coming back for more than 42 years.
Thanks for everything, Gene. You’ve done well.
Jeff Wilson is publisher of The Fairfield Ledger.