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A Very Thankful “Hometown Hero” by Paul Andrew Doyle of Santa Rosa, CA•

ecently I was voted “Sonoma County’s Hometown Hero’ by the

listeners of the KZST radio station and its affiliate stations. Aſter over 20 years of publishing the Up- beat Times I did not ever consider what I do be a heroic act at all. My thought was that I needed to pub- lish a paper to remind people, that despite many challenges and experiences that flow endlessly around us each and every day, that I wanted to re- mind them

positive side of

of the life,

you know, the part of life that gets over- looked when things get rough. I personal- ly find that it is over- whelming to read, lis- ten and visually watch sounds, words and images in all forms of life that are sometimes a bit negative. For that very reason, I did

not own a television until I was over 30. I did not ever subscribe to the regular daily newspapers. But, I also found it hard to es- cape. In my daily life I was re- minded of the challenges of the world, because in conversations

with friends or family I oſten heard what was going on lo- cally & internationally. I would

I spent an afternoon at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay in early May, 2018 building a giant pyramid out of sand! These kids came by and helped make a wall so that the waves would not desptroy the structure. They asked to be in Upbeat Times! Of course! Elizabeth Gonzalez and her friend are shown here. These girls were a great help! The pyramid ended up being over 8 foot tall!

listen and be there for all who needed to vent. Tis was how I kept up-to-date on the cur- rent actives of earth. I listened to radio at times because I en- joyed music or wanted to hear about news that impacted me directly. I chose what to see, read and hear. I went to the Santa Rosa Junior College and

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Thomas Edison’s forehead was unusually broad, and his head was considerably larger than average.

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learned about television pro- duction, art, design and com- munications & worked for local newspapers as an advertising ex- ecutive, where I was even further convinced there was a need for more of the good news. In fact, I wondered why no one printed a pa- per with all good news. I wanted to do it back in 1986! While out selling ads I met hero’s every- where! People helping people silently and for all the right reasons. Te news outlets did publish some good news, but I felt we needed more of it. Tere would be an arti- cle about some-

one that made a difference & helped many people in the community. Silently they kept doing it all their lives, asking for no attention...and I greatly admired them and wanted to be more like them. Sincerely! I felt that this ‘was’ the

real news. Te other bad stuff that seemed to be al-

ways happening was real news, but the bad stuff was regurgitated in every form of media available to us. I believe it was and is over done to this day.

I am the inventor of the Up-

beat Times, but I did not invent the ‘good news’. It has always been there and I felt someone had to do something about it. I never thought that printing the feel good, or positive news would be what people want...I just

thought it would be un-

fair to not tell people about the really nice things happen- ing all around us. Make that the feature story! Te effect it has had on Sonoma Coun- ty personally was

a beauti-

ful surprise. I know my paper has affected people positively from conversations I’ve had, but I didn’t have any idea how

... continued on page 29 First Humor

Tom, Dick and Harry went to a party. After the party they returned to the hotel. The hotel was 600 stories high.

Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working. They made a plan for the first 200 stories; Tom will crack jokes.

The second 200 stories Dick will tell a happy story and lastly Harry will tell a sad story. They then started up the steps.

After 2 hours it was Harry’s turn. He turned to the other two and said “Ok guys, here’s my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs.

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