If Dr. Seuss ever rhymed a horror story for kids, the results might look and sound like this:
In Frankenstein’s window flew a vampire bat.
He turned into a man and hung up his hat.
“Dracula’s the name, from Transylvania way,
I need a transfusion, and I’m willing to pay.”
But the good doctor was out at the body parts store
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The cheer you heard throughout Alliance earlier this morning was not for the end of the school year (although I added my voice to the angelic choir mouthing the lyrics to Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out), but rather was me boisterously announcing the completion of the 2006-07 Alliance High School yearbook.
For the past three years, it has been my pleasure (mostly) to guide a class of enthusiastic juniors and seniors in the production of 172-page mementos. At first, the long deadlines on these projects drove me crazy; as a newspaper person, I’m accustomed to pounding out copy fast, getting it on the page, and moving on with my life, so the prospect of taking nine months to produce one edition rankled.
I’ve grown used to the longer time, marked by lulls between the completion of sports seasons, and I have to say the book that ships in September is easily our best yet. All credit to the kids, who do the lion’s share of the work. I’m just the person lurking in the background, hoping we have enough money to pay for the whole thing.
For readers who recall working on their own high school or college yearbook staffs and grow nostalgic for the smell of paste pots and the sight of blue layout paper, know that yearbooks are now produced entirely online, with all-digital photography and nary a glue pot in sight.
Now I have three months to rest before we start the whole process over again with the 2007-08 edition.