FIFTY years in and out of one industry over one’s working life can be viewed by some as a great achievement.
But for me this achievement is seen as nothing extraordinary – just life going on a path that happened by coincidence.
Born in Geelong in 1948, I grew up in a home with four siblings and was schooled at Newtown State, Oberon Primary and then Belmont High School.
I left school at 16 when I found that my parents could not afford to send me to university to become a kindergarten teacher.
I started off in the media industry when at 17 I applied for a typesetting position with a new suburban newspaper – the Belmont-Highton News (now Geelong News) when it was in its infancy.
I was the newspaper’s first full time employee and at times was often required to do more than just typesetting – compositing, advertising sales and even baby-sitting the boss’s young son.