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Weekly editor Raymond Dick retires from NLC.

Managing Editor Raymond G. Dick retired last week after nearly 10 years at the helm of NLC's newspaper, Nation's Cities Weekly.

At a retirement luncheon in his honor, Dick, who spen more than 30 years in the newspaper business before joining NLC in 1982, told co-workers that he has had four love affairs in his life: one with his wife of 42 years, Marilyn; two with newspapers--the Worcester Evening Gazette where he learned the business and the Washington Star where he worked for 16 years--and one with the National League of Cities and Nation's Cities Weekly.

Dick was NCW's second managing editor, taking over four years after NLC started publishing a weekly newspaper that replaced the monthly magazine, Nation's Cities. While Dick admitted that he approached the opportunity to work at an association cautiously, starting out as a consultant, he said he quickly found that NLC was committed to putting out a quality newspaper.

"This isn't a house organ," he said. "NLC is committed to running The Weekly just as you would run a regular public press, using all the strenghts of the public press to put out an honest and fair product."

A native of Lawrence, Mass., Dick grew up in Worcester, Mass. and earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at Boston University. He started his career as a general assignment reporter at the Worcester Evening Gazette where he worked for 13 years before joining the Baltimore Morning Sun. After two and a half years in Baltimore, he joined the Washington Star as a copy editor and worked there for 16 years. He was night managing editor when the newspaper ceased publication in 1981.

Dick said the transition from the traditional news world to running an advocacy paper was not difficult because NLC's goals and interests are clearly defined and are consistent with his own personal values. "Because Nation's Cities Weekly is an advocacy paper, you're always pushing your position. But you can do that in a very honest and fair way," he said. "I put out the paper every week and then looked at it and asked myself every week--is this doing the job it is supposed to be doing?"

NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut said that Dick had made an enormous contribution to NLC by setting high standards for The Weekly and making sure those standards were achieved. "Ray is leaving behind a legacy of quality, common sense, and dedication to ensuring that zNation's Cities Weekly is the best newspaper speaking on behalf of cities and twons throughout the country. The results of the recent readership survey clearly affirm that he met the standards that he set for himself and the newspaper. He has put out an excellent newspaper on behalf of NLC for the past 10 years. And he has taught us all a lot about good journalism."

In reflecting on his years with NLC, Dick said he was particularly proud of the fact that he never missed a deadline--50 issues on time for nearly 10 years. "Even when all the electricity went out in the plant on a Thursday night, we got it out. We sent some stories to one place, a few to another place, and eventually got it done."

"That's the most important thing--putting out a quality newspaper on time," he said. "That's what it's all about."
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities' Nation's Cities Weekly
Author:Becker, Christine
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jan 13, 1992
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