Spend 20th Anniversary of Times Herald's Demise With Von Erichs, Dabney Coleman


I asked Schutze yesterday: "You know what tomorrow is?" His response: "Um, Thursday?" Well, yes, that -- and the 20th anniversary of the death of the Dallas Times Herald, which was bought by The Dallas Morning News on December 8, 1991, for $55 million, and then shuttered after 103 years in existence.

It was a Sunday, to be specific. Right around this time 20 years ago today, I was headed into the office when my editor, Kim Marcum, called to say I didn't need to rush in to write that Barry Manilow piece after all. So, see, some good came of it. I was the first to the paper that morning, before the army of Belo security guards showed up to make sure we didn't get out with anything now belonging to Robert Decherd, like our personal clipping files or that TRS-80 Model 100 I've somehow managed to misplace.

Not much remains of the Herald. Perhaps you recall it was just one year ago we discovered that cache of artifacts -- paintings and photos of execs and writers, old lamps and desks and etched glass whatnots -- The News had shipped off to Consignment Heaven on Henderson. Said former Belo archivist Judith Segura at the time, "There's no other value to them except as memorabilia." Maybe not to you, Judith, but I'm looking at my framed photo of former owner and publisher Edwin J. Kiest at this very moment. I'm thinking of buying Jim this belt buckle for Christmas. Hope he likes it. But don't try calling 748-1414. It's been disconnected.


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Sully R
Sully R

My grandma was the company nurse at the Times Herald for several years in the 80's. We still talk about it with reverence over the dinner table.

Jada Wooten
Jada Wooten

As I go to the archives of Black History/ stories on African American they come up in the Dallas Times Herald!!!!!!!!!!

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Well, I guess the best you can do with this is try to put a positive spin on it.

Y'all were ahead of your time. It's taken nearly 20 years for the competition to catch up.

Justin C
Justin C

I was 11, and I was a map nerd (i'm a cartographer now). My mom had a friend who got me a bunch of their maps when they were cleaning out the offices. I had all these big giant wall maps of Dallas, the US, world, and various surrounding counties. It was awesome, I wish I still had them.

Bruiser Brody
Bruiser Brody

Two Von Erichs and some dude.  "Lance Von Erich" meh.

Corey M.
Corey M.

I was a 22 year old agate clerk on the sports desk the day the Times Herald was bought and shut down. Champagne was passed around as soon as the last issue went to press. It was life-changing and an amazing career memory.

Corey M.
Corey M.

Oh, and it's the reason I shifted from Sports to Music journalism and why I ended up meeting the now famous Robert Wilonsky as he roamed the streets of Deep Ellum.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

My late daddy, who worked in the Magnolia Building, brought home the stock market edition of the Herald home every evening.  It smelled like the excitement of downtown to me. It got me started as a voracious reader.

I was an intern at the Herald back in my SMU days. Not only did The Dallas Morning News buy the Herald, but it also tore down the building. I refuse to walk across that parking lot!

Jim Schutze
Jim Schutze

Yeah, I remember that day. I was camping with my son. I was the only person I knew who had a cell phone. It was the size of a breadbox. I wondered if it worked from camping places. I called home. My wife said, "You're fired." I thought to mself, "Wow. Works great."Demise of the Herald for me was like jokes about your mother-in-law driving off a cliff in your Cadillac. God spare a city from a dying newspaper. Another  month, and we would have been running front page wood-block World War II headlines saying, "Unbelievable deal on fares at American." Freedom of the press occurs at the bottom line. Or not. 

cp
cp

Dammit! Now I have that jingle in my head! I thought that file was deleted a long time ago!

G_David
G_David

I was working at a Minyard store in Coppell when the news came down.  I promptly went to the front of the store, grabbed the Times Herald rack that would obviously remain empty, and shoved it in the trunk of my car.  I still have it.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

A great paper and a sad day in Dallas history that has been repeated in other markets over the years time and time again. Even the DMN itsself will face its own extinction sooner than later.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Ahhh, how I wished we had two newspapers today still. If I get a chance, I always do that sometimes, and yes I'm still old school and actually buy a newspaper.

JP
JP

I was only 12 when the paper folded, but I could still tell you the number for the classifieds today.  I don't think this jingle (or Western Warehouse, for that matter) will ever leave my brain.

If I recall correctly, wasn't there some sort of animated classifieds commercial that ran back in the 80s?  Sadly, a YouTube search didn't turn up anything.

G_David
G_David

Yep, I can still see the animated 748-1414 letters dancing across the screen....

Paul S
Paul S

seven four eight one four one four, seven four eight one four one four, try the Dallas Times Herald classifieds, get results like you never did before. seven four eight one four one four, seven four eight one four one four...

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

I used to take both papers. I grew to love Molly Ivins and Jim Schutze on the front of Metro. Also Billy Porterfield. Lots of good writers on that paper. I'm pretty anal about how I organize my books. I have a Texas section, and I put Billy, Molly and Jim all together on the same shelf. By the way, the Bill Minutaglio bio of Molly is fantastic. Your're welcome to borrow mine Robert. Also, the Red Hot Patriot Play about Molly at the Zach in Austin was so great. 

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Red letter day in Dallas history.  The Mourning News bought free rein, the result:  the Trinity debacle, the arena hold-up, Ron Kirk's wife's windfall of Hicks' stock...the list is endless. There's a reason this city is contracting--December 8th, 1991 a day that will live in infamy. 

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