Former Trib managing editor Eric Newton recalls his years working for Bob and Nancy Maynard (pictured) from 1984 to 1992, and how they stopped the paper from closing.
- During the 20th century in America, more than 1,000 daily newspapers closed. The Oakland Tribune was not among them. The Maynards saved it. They found a nonprofit to invest in it and made a deal with a buyer to continue it.
When I heard the great newspaper editor John Carroll say that corporate ownership models were no longer working, I thought to myself: I know a guy who said that 20 years ago. Bob and Nancy bought a newspaper from the Gannett Company and turned it, however fleetingly, into a family-owned paper.
Bob's prostate cancer came back. It was clear that he would die — the last thing and by far the worst thing he would do before his time. A final hope was that Oakland's newspaper would live to fight another day. And it does.