2008 in review

2008 quotes: Transitions

Farewell crowd at Dutton's

Dutton's farewell gathering

"It is with profound regret and sorrow that Duttonís Brentwood Books must announce that it will be closing on April 30, 2008."
Note from owner Doug Dutton

"As of July 1, 2008, Dawson's Book Shop and the Michael Dawson Gallery will go to an appointment-only schedule."
Email from Dawson

"It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Emmis Publishing, the parent company of Tu Ciudad magazine, has suspended our publication and business effective Thursday, June 12th."
Publisher Jaime Gamboa's email

"They should have a crucifix up in front. I will come and bless the goddamn place."
Ray Bradbury objecting to the demise of Acres of Books in Long Beach

"Today, we are announcing the cancellation of News & Notes and Day to Day, and significant budget reductions across the organization."
National Public Radio memo

"American Public Media is proud of the many accomplishments of Weekend America's talented staff." — Announcement that show ends Jan. 31, 2009

"As a parent of two young children, I believe itís time for me to explore new career opportunities..."
Nic Harcourt, KCRW music director and "Morning Becomes Eclectic" host

"As you may know by now, Vinnie Malcolm has decided to resign as general manager of KTLA."
Channel 5 memo to station employees

"Like all families, we've had our ups and downs. We've been together in joy and sorrow. Good economies and bad."
Talk show host Larry Elder on leaving KABC

"Pete was the horror of the modern-day, corporate human resources department manager, who would rather have employees high on horse-tranquilizers, sedated and content, than hot on the trail of a good story, full of grit and indignation, breathing fire."
Fox 11's John Schwada on retirement of TV news legend Pete Noyes

"I felt horrible when I called them. They were nothing but kind and wonderful."
Steve Lowery resigning as editor of CityBeat after one issue.

"Boy has that been a blast!"
Rick Garcia announcing the end of the My13 News he co-anchored with Lauren Sanchez

"Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me..."
Larry Lipson's last column after 50 years as Daily News restaurant critic

"It's open season on critics. We are an endangered species."
83-year-old Alan Rich, on being let go by the LA Weekly

"I must concede, too, I had reached a point where I routinely was embarrassed by the product I worked for, and if you find yourself feeling that way, maybe itís time to go."
Sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge, not too broken up about being fired by the San Bernardino Sun

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