Bottom-up journalism from the pros: News, tech and culture by Sheila Lennon
I published a story in the very first issue of the alt-weekly NewPaper in 1978, a review of the Jimmy Cliff movie The Harder They Come. (No, it's not online.) We were among the guests invited by the Providence Phoenix birthday bash at Lupo's after work yesterday, celebrating 30 years of the NewPaper/Providence Phoenix.
Publisher Steve Brown threw a fine casual (of course!) party for many who had been part of the history. The movie theater where I may have seen The House on Haunted Hill as a kid hosted buffet stations -- pizza, cheese, fruit, edible art, burgers, wings, sausage and peppers, sushi, steak tips, Mexican and more-- stocked and staffed by local restaurants. Everything -- including the coat check, drinks and a very popular chocolate fountain -- was on the house.
I largely took photos of people I recognized, or knew from those early days, then put the camera away. Many more Providence folks were not photographed, including Stephanie and her husband Jim Perry from Nick-A-Nee's, and the owner of the old Custom House Tap, Leah Reynolds, who now operates Everyman Bistro on Valley Street. I ran into them just after I'd quit shooting and gotten a glass of wine. Others, such as former Journal reporter Brian Jones, had left before I pulled the camera out.
My apologies to Phoenix News Editor Ian Donnis, whose photo is a perfect "eyes wide shut" shot. I would do him no kindness by publishing it.