Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lassen County Times

The most challenging thing I do each week is open up my browser to a blank page. What do I fill it with? I want to tell each person's story in a way that would make them proud, as proud as I feel for the honor of telling it. Even if it's a recipe, it is personal to me. This is also the most rewarding part of my job. News folks do this every. single. day. Wow. Truly terrifying. 
Lassen County Times Managing Editor, Sam Williams has been doing this in the 
'Ville for 20 years. This wasn't the plan though. Sam made his living as a musician but promised his Mom if he didn't 'make it' in music by the time he was 30 he'd go back to college. Gotta like a guy that keeps his word to his Momma. After Sam got his degree in English he was accepted into the Masters program for Creative Writing and came here to work for the Times. Luckily . Because this is where he met and married the amazing Cindie (Tamietti), Times Graphic/Advertising Manager. 
I asked Robert Mahenski from the Times for a quote since I only got "just the facts ma'am" from Sam, here's what he had to say~ 

"He's like a big, soft, cuddly, GRIZZLY BEAR."
That checks out. I absolutely adore what Cindie had to say...

"After 20 years of Sam and I being together both at home and at work, it's very hard to condense anything about him into a sentence or two. He's one of the most intelligent people I've ever met and I don't think people realize just how much integrity he's hiding under his gruff exterior. He's both gentle and tough and I'm crazy about him, still." 

That's a beautiful thing. I'm a sucker for a work, life, love story.
As a side note, Sam's uncle, Ted Williams, considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Who knew?

Thank you to our Hometown Proud Lassen County Times, Sam, Cindie, Robert and the whole staff that keep our news local!

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