On November 1, 1972, Johnny Nash’s song I Can See Clearly Nowwas number one on the American charts.
Aussie actress Toni Collette and US model/actress Jenni McCarthy entered the world, while American poet Ezra Pound, aged 87, left it.
And, in Queenstown, Mountain Scene, founded by Barry Thomas, hit the streets for the first time.
The lead story in the inaugural edition said Scenehad “twin aims” – giving tourists information, like “where to get your hair done” and making sure the locals knew what was going on in the place they called home.
Over the past 45 years the Scene‘s changed a bit – we went from a fortnightly to a weekly fairly early on in the piece, and we pulled our coverage patch in from the wider Southern Lakes, including Fiordland, to become a “hyper-local” paper, proudly focused exclusively on the Wakatipu.
Obviously, one of the biggest milestones was March 5, 1985, when wiry young Cantabrian, Philip ‘Scoop’ Chandler, joined the Sceneteam.
Another was on February 1, 2013 when Allied Press – publisher of the Otago Daily Times, the last independent daily newspaper in Australasia – bought the paper.
But, one thing that’s remained constant is our desire to make sure you know what’s going on in your town – regardless of whether you live here, or you’re just passing through.
Over the years we’ve pushed buttons and boundaries.
We’ve tackled issues head-on and we’ve held people accountable.
Every now and then, we’ve helped create change.
We’ve celebrated with you, and we’ve grieved with you – and you’ve done the same for us.
Some of you love us … odds are, more of you love to hate us.
Either way, we’re grateful.
So, on behalf of the entire Team@Scene (in particular our fearless leader Paul Taylor, who’s got a week off for good behaviour) and the wider Allied Press family, thanks to each and every one of you for your support over the past four-and-a-half decades.
Long may it continue.
- Acting editor Tracey Roxburgh – firstname.lastname@example.org