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UPDATED: The Signal celebrates 90th birthday

SCV Chamber's November mixer in the pressroom kicked off the party

Posted: November 18, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2010 12:00 p.m.

The more than 450 people who turned out Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, 2009, for a Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by The Signal helped the newspaper celebrate its first 90 years of service to the SCV.

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The Signal celebrated 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley by hosting the November Chamber of Commerce mixer in the paper's pressroom in Valencia.

The paper was founded Jan. 1, 1919, by Edward H. Brown, a World War I veteran and The Signal's first editor. The premiere edition rolled off the press on Feb. 8 that year, and subsequent editions appeared weekly. 

Many local dignitaries, elected officials and business leaders were among the more than 450 people who turned out for the celebration on Nov. 18.

On a small stage set up at one end of the pressroom, Signal Publisher Ian Lamont accepted certificates of recognition from state, county and city of Santa Clarita officials and representatives. 

After the presentations, Lamont called the Signal staffers in the room to the front of the stage.

"Publishing a daily paper is virtually a 24-hour process," Lamont said, addressing the guests.

"We finish one day with the delivery of the paper around 6 a.m. and about 30 minutes later, the publishing of the next day's paper begins," he said. "At The Signal, we do this seven days a week, 365 days a year.

"Every employee is key to publishing the paper. Fortunately we have 80 dedicated and passionate employees who love this business. So if you enjoy your Signal every day, join me in saluting the folks who make it happen!"

The guests responded with a loud and sincere ovation.

The evening was capped when The Signal's press crew started up the presses for a demonstration shortly before 8 p.m. -- after Production and Operations Director Lon Adams handed out ear plugs for the occasion.

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