January 6th, 2009 at 2:38 am by under Inside WOOD TV8, News

2009…the New Year.  Why does this one feel so different?

Every New Year means hope and plans for a brighter future.  But not this one.  This one is evoking fear:  fear for your job; fear your life savings will be worthless;  fear things will get worse before they get better.

That is not the way to usher in the New Year.  And there is no way anyone of us should live with fear…DEFINITELY NOT 365 DAYS OF IT.

Fear is paralyzing.  Anyone (including yourself) who puts fear in you is trying to freeze you on the spot, cripple you into inaction or wrong action. 

I’ve watched the newsreels from March 1933, when President Franklin Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, admonished this nation, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  The United States was deep into the Depression then, much like many people fear we are now.

What we can’t do is go into a mental or emotional depression.  We need our wits about us.  We need to imagine how things can be and then we need to do what it takes to get us there.  If it means change, so be it.  If it means reinventing ourselves, let’s do it.  Who ever likes stagnation?  You know what happens to water when it stagnates.  Neither you nor I would want to wade in it.  We want to be a part of moving waters, of new trends and ideas, new pools of thought and innovation.  That’s what makes things new again.  That’s the promise of the New Year.

My husband was just talking to me about the lyrics and meaning of Auld Lang Syne.  In 1788, The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, penned what has become the anthem of the New Year:  ”Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?  Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?”  It’s a question, not a statement.  Of course we shouldn’t forget old friends and old times but we can’t lose ourselves in the long long ago. 

One of my younger WOOD-TV-8 colleagues asked me, “Suzi, how did you do your job before computers?”  I told him we did it, we got the stories and all the information, but just not as fast as we can today.  As I write this, the newsroom around me is in flux.  Everything and everyone is being reshuffled, refitted to meet the new demands of a New Year of change and challenge.  The interesting thing about it is we’re being retrained to do each other’s jobs as well as our own.  Guess what.  In auld lang syne, in the long long ago, in the early days of my broadcasting career, that’s exactly what we did, several jobs.  It’s back to the future for me, a place of old acquaintance.

Happy New Year!!!

5 Responses to “BACK TO THE FUTURE”

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  2. ann arnoldink says:

    My husband and I are wondering where your sidekick Larry N. is? We haven’t seen him on the air for several weeks, perhaps a month.
    Thanks for replying.

  3. jimmy says:

    hey ann larry N was fired wood tv said he left we all know how bussiness work

  4. Larry of Hastings/Barry Co. says:

    I hope Brian takes Larry N. place.

  5. Dave Boeve says:


    You’re right about the “back to the future” aspect of today’s economy. While interviewing senior citizens for, I hear many stories of men looking for work during the Depression and doing whatever was necessary to make things happen. Somehow, over the past 60 years, we’ve lost sight of what it means to “pitch in and get things done”. We could all learn a lot by listening to the lives and stories of our grandparents.

    Thanks for investing your time in West Michigan all these years!


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