Jackie Moberly, longtime face of the Summit Daily News, retires after 20 years
July 29, 2014
If you've ever had a subscription to the Summit Daily News or the Summit County Journal, put in a legal notice or classified ad, or simply walked through the door with a question, then odds are you've met Jackie Moberly. For the past two decades, she has dealt with the newspaper's paperwork, and been the helpful, smiling face near the front door.
Tuesday, July 29, will be Moberly's last at the paper, marking the end of just over a two-decade-long span, the longest of any current Summit Daily employee.
DRAWN TO THE SUMMIT
Moberly, 64, is a Colorado native, originally from Denver. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, earning a degree in English. It was also where she met her husband-to-be, John. They bonded over skiing.
She’s a hard worker, she’s a good person. She’s a good friend.”
"It was a mutual passion," she said. "We'd go skiing as often as we could."
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They moved to Boulder, where their daughter Kelly was born. Their love affair with skiing continued.
"Even after Kelly was born, we'd get up, drive down to Aurora, drop her off with grandma and grandpa, drive up to Vail and ski all day, drive back to Aurora, pick up the kid and drive back to Boulder," Moberly said, then laughed, "Back then we had a lot of energy!"
Eventually, they succumbed to the draw of the mountains and purchased a place at Copper Mountain, though John still worked in Denver.
"He did the big commute for 10 years, from here down to Denver, and never looked back," she said.
Now, the couple lives in Frisco.
"It was always the goal, to live in the mountains," Moberly said.
INTO THE NEWSPAPER BIZ
Moberly joined the newspaper in 1994, where she spent most of her time working with classified ads and subscriptions, adding legal notices about four years later.
The process then was a lot different from how it works now, she said, before everything went digital. There was a lot more printing out and mailing things, for example, instead of sending it all electronically. There was also a lot more human interaction.
"I feel like I know a lot of people in Summit County and I've always enjoyed the face-to-face aspect of it," she said.
She also often acted as the intermediary between the public and the newspaper staff, typing up letters to the editor and press releases and forwarding information.
"I kind of miss the one-on-one stuff because I always used to work more closely with editorial," she said. Email has changed that. "Things go straight to editorial that aren't intercepted by the front desk anymore."
Overall, she's been happy with her job.
"Knowing I did a good job doing legals, just because they're important and they have to get in the paper and have to get in right and have to get in for a certain deadline," she said. Seeing them appear correctly in the paper the next day always felt good.
Moberly has fond memories of the colleagues she's worked with over the years. She reminisced on the various company holiday parties — including one during her first year where she won a raffle and a trip to Las Vegas — as well as all kinds of interesting or crazy incidents.
Many others remember her as well.
Mary Jo Melvin used to work in the pressroom, and remembers getting to know Moberly through break room chats and as part of the Summit Daily softball team.
"She's a hard worker, she's a good person," Melvin said. "She's a good friend."
After the printing process moved to Gypsum, Moberly helped Melvin stay on at the newspaper.
"Jackie just found things for me to do to keep me busy right there at the paper in Frisco. … It kept me in a job for many years after they moved to Gypsum. She was always good that way," Melvin said. "And I appreciated that, you know, because that was really good to know that Jackie would always find me plenty of things to do. That's why she's such a good person."
Mike Schneider, the Summit Daily systems analyst, has also gotten to know Moberly over the years. They have continued their friendship outside of work, putting their minds together to take on trivia night at Old Chicago, or for Scrabble marathons at the Moberly household.
"I was happy for her," Schneider said, after he heard of Moberly's retirement. "She's going to be missed."
TWO DECADES OF KNOWLEDGE
Over the years, Moberly acquired a great deal of knowledge about the newspaper, its history and the community around it.
"Jackie Moberly is one of those people that you don't know how the business could operate without her," said Matt Sandberg, Summit Daily publisher. "During my time with the Summit Daily I have come to trust that if anyone can help solve a random problem, or has the answer, it is Jackie. I know our customers have appreciated her great demeanor, her friendly and helpful attitude, and her retirement will create a hole in the Summit Daily family. I personally am going to miss hearing about Jackie's and John's adventures, but know this new chapter will allow them more time to pursue the love they have for Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. My only advice is to limit 'mudding in the Vette,' but know John's excellent detailing will always get that paint back to a pristine shine!"
Advertising director Maggie Butler said that she will also miss having Moberly around as a helpful resource. "I hope she will take my calls after her retirement when I need more background," she joked.
This reporter has come to Moberly on numerous occasions, for help on little things around the office to help connecting with people out in the community, and always been met with helpful advice, a friendly smile and a good laugh.
LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT
Moberly said she doesn't have any specific plans for herself after retiring, but will certainly continue living the mountain life she loves. This involves hiking, biking, walking her dog, working in her garden and, of course, skiing.
To those who are continuing in their work, with the newspaper or otherwise, she offered the following advice:
"Keep an open mind; be happy with the people you work with because everyone who works here is very enthusiastic about what they do; from the ad reps and editorial, I think there's a real contagious enthusiasm. Keep an open mind and embrace that enthusiasm and enjoy Summit County for everything that it can offer. Just don't get bogged down and don't sweat the small stuff."
Thanks, Jackie. We won't.