Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Con a Caring, Kind-Hearted Boss; Thank You, Sir, for Helping Launch the Careers of Countless Journalists, Print Staff

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Con a Caring, Kind-Hearted Boss; Thank You, Sir, for Helping Launch the Careers of Countless Journalists, Print Staff

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SUSIE Dahl has worked in newspapers for decades. She paid tribute to Con Souvlis on behalf of the Chronicle and Observer.

I had known who Con was all my life, but my first face-to- face meeting was when I was 17 and worked at the News for Bill Elson-Green, in the old Seaview picture theatre opposite the Vernon in 1976.

Con had a permanent booking of a 20cm x 3 column ad on page 2 every Wednesday and Friday.

One day he turned up when I was there alone, giving the place a sweep-out before heading off for the day.

He asked if I could change the price of a washing machine on his ad from $169 to $199.

In those days every letter, number and symbol larger than 12pt had to be exposed to light, one at a time on a strip printer, developed in the dark room, hung to dry, then cut out and pasted onto the ad.

We walked around the production area, noting that all the developing trays in the darkroom were empty, washed and drying.

We went back to the page and stood looking at the ad.

I picked up a paste-up knife and cut out the offending '6', turned it upside down and re-stuck it to the page.

Con was thrilled. He beamed at me, thanked me profusely, said it was perfect and that I'd saved the day. He always said hello to me after that.

Five or six years later when I was working at the Observer, Con and a few other businessmen became directors and we were wondering what it would be like to have six bosses, but before long, Con alone was the owner and the boss - not that he was in any way bossy.

We were a great team and loved the interesting work of producing a newspaper.

We each had our job to do and just got in and did it.

Con loved to come in and watch us work. If we ever asked him anything he would say "You're the newspaper people, do what you think best".

He was very proud of us.

When things got extra busy, Con would send us someone to help from the furniture shop. …

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