Tales of Joy and Terror: 20 Years at the Austin Chronicle

september 10, 2001  01:26 pm
"If the vote was 5 to 1 against Nick, the discussion would pause for a respectful second and then proceed as though no vote was taken until we all came around to Nick's point of view or reached a new compromise." That's how decisions were made in the early days of the Austin Chronicle, according to Editor Louis Black, who says Founder and Publisher Nick Barbaro was almost always right, and more importantly, "had a vision of how this paper should relate to the community and how a business should conduct itself." Twenty years later things still "happen when they happen, get done when they get done, and every Thursday morning" newcomers are "both pleased and astonished to find the piles of issues stacked in the hallway."