Late in the summer of 1993 I was working in the Creative Services department of the local newspaper. My excitement at getting the job was soon dampened by the Draconian changes that were underway: though of course it was never admitted to, the paper was being made ready to sell. Just a few months after I started, a new president was installed, a man with a history of “turnarounds” behind him. He brought with him his own team, one specifically built to reduce costs, fire longtime employees, and otherwise make the paper more attractive to prospective corporate buyers (and unbearable to the people who worked there). “Creative Services” became nothing more than “ad-bangers.” My dream job turned into a nightmare.