Talk about a sign of the times in the journalism industry. Staffers at the Longmont Times-Call recently received an internal e-mail inviting them to work as valets at a private Christmas party for the Lehman family, who own the paper. And at least two employees have already accepted the offer.
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The party honors Ed Lehman, who's currently in his 51st year as the Times-Call's publisher, and his wife Connie -- and Dean Lehman, the paper's editor and president (and Ed's son), says valets are needed because many of the guests are elderly and may need a little extra help. So, too, do small-market journalists in a struggling economy, so Lehman saw it as natural to give Times-Call workers the chance to earn a little extra cash as Christmas approaches. He says valets will earn the same rate of pay they receive at their day job for the hours they work.
Although most Times-Call employees aren't invited to this bash, they'll have a holiday celebration of their own. Lehman says the entire workforce is invited to a catered sit-down luncheon. Presumably, there'll be no need for valet parking at this event. -- Michael Roberts