This looks familiar. Have I been here before?
o quote Yogi Bear—no, wait, that’s “pic-a-nic basket”—I mean Yogi Berra: It’s déjà vu all over again.
My first job when I began working at Virginia Power in 1990 was writing for Currents, the company newspaper at the time. Eventually, I became the editor of Currents and later of Connect, the new magazine created after the merger of Dominion and CNG.
Flash forward, and here I am serving as editor of You, the company’s new online magazine. However, this stint is just temporary while our real editor, Rebecca McNamara, is at home with her newborn daughter.
A quarter century ago, the company did not have email or an intranet. When we wrote an article, we printed out several hard copies, attached a cover sheet, and sent them out for approval via company mail. We had to allow at least a week for a reply. And when we sent the publication to the press to be printed, the entire thing—including images—fit on a 1.5 MB floppy disc.
Today, of course, our print publication is gone with the wind. You is online, but it has the same goals—interesting articles and eye-catching layouts to entertain and educate our readers.
This month, we profile David Christian, CEO of the Dominion Generation Group, who happens to be a music aficionado. We also visit several other employees and retirees who sing, play musical instruments, and write songs. And in the wake of the Winter Olympics, a project designer writes about his recent snowboarding adventure in Utah, and a lineman in Virginia Beach garners national attention by skiing to work after a recent snowstorm.
Meanwhile, I hope I get the hang of the new way of doing things. Of course, before that happens, Rebecca probably will be back. Whew. …