When we have an intern at the News office, we know that we are only "borrowing" them for a short time. They come into our office, and our lives, and for a short time, they become part of our family.
When Gideon Gonzales began working here two years ago, I worried that he might get overwhelmed by our personalities, as we all have a tendency to be a bit "over the top" at times. My fears were unfounded, as Gideon proved himself quickly and became part of our little group in no time at all.
News Office interns are in charge of updating the website each week. They move the articles, photos, columnists and calendar items over to the internet, making sure it reflects, as much as possible, the way that everything appeared in the newspaper.
Additionally, the intern is the primary researcher for each week's "Wayback" column. They go through our old issues and find items that they feel will be interesting for readers ten and 30 years later. We find that the interns are particularly good at this task, as they weren't always aware of what was happening ten years ago, and they weren't even around 30 years ago.
There are other tasks the interns perform as part of their learning experience at the News. Fortunately for them, we do compensate them while they learn about filing, record retention and storage!
One of the things Gideon found most interesting about working at the News office was that he worked not just with people; but, he also had coworkers who were feline and canine. The cat and dog both took quickly to Gideon, sometimes making his work difficult as they liked him too much and tried to distract him from his duties.
We found that Gideon had something in common with our boss, Scott Wesner. Gideon had trouble keeping up with his keys! Currently, he is on his third set of keys for the office, the first two having been lost during the things that teenage boys do! And, even when he hasn't lost his keys, he doesn't always remember to bring them with him so that we can leave him to lock up the place. But, that's a very small inconvenience to have had the pleasure to have someone like him to work for us.
Gideon is smart, and funny and caring. His sense of humor is wickedly sharp, and he sees through the clutter of everyday life to quickly identify the important things in life. He has his own opinions and ideas, and he has matured into someone who knows how to express those parts of his personality, and when to express it.
Gideon helped to train our new intern, Jackie Drazan. He stayed with us through the summer to make sure she was fully briefed on all she would need to know, and filled in when she went on vacation.
But, now it's time for us to bid him farewell. He will be starting college in a couple of weeks at Southwestern University in Georgetown. It's a great school, and I think it's a wonderful fit for him. And, I know that he will excel at college, and whatever else he sets his mind to in the future.
We at the News office wish him well in this new phase of his life. We congratulate him on the many accomplishments he's already had, and we eagerly await news of the many things we know will do with his life.
You leave us, Gideon, not as a former employee; but, as a friend. And we'll miss you!
It’s all just my opinion.