It’s been well over a year since the quarterly publication “The Yosemite Gazette” hit the streets. This fine work had been a mainstay of the Yosemite and surrounding area for many, many years. It’s not to be found today. The printing press has been silenced.
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Marv Dealy was the Editor, publisher and bottle washer of the rag and put out some really good stories. He even “served” as the tongue-in-cheek mayor of Big Oak Flat. I was a contributor for a few years. I created stories ranging from the Half Dome hike to the strange organization, E Clampus Vitas.
I enjoyed writing as well as reading the Gazette. I used to get boxes of them and placed copies in Bay Area REI’s, coffee shops and the Library of Congress :>).
After barely breaking even on production and printing costs, continuation of the 16-page work came into jeopardy. With medical issues and pressing work demands at Throckmorten Enterprises, Marv had to cut back. He ran Throckmorten, a Internet Connectivity Service, since 1988. The Yosemite Gazette was his baby but he had to let it go.
The new owner realized the cash flow situation and tried to enlist sponsors, ads, distributors and subscriptions. So the paper went dark. It’s not totally dead and a little twitch of life signals that it might rise again.
You can still go back and read some of the past stories. Visit here. I hope I get a call to oil up the keyboard and resume writing.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” – Mark Twain
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome