Reflections, Observations, ResolutionsBarry Worrell - September 4, 2017
ReflectionsIt's been almost 20 years since the Aldersonian made it’s appearance on the Internet. Starting out as an exercise in website building, and with a few articles from folks like Dan Duff, I was greatly encouraged to achieve a similarity to the Aldersonian we read while in school. I solicited photos and more articles, and email addresses to build a mailing list to keep all who were interested updated.I looked at several copies of the printed version in ordered to see what was covered when the paper was in print. The school of course, was the main focus with news and photos of the student body and sporting news. Advertising from the town’s businesses filled as much space as the paper could get. News of the city wasn’t always in the there, but did show up every now and then.I had my format, but like any entity that is allowed to exist, it starts to evolve, be it for better or worse. It got better, thanks to the Aldersonians that sent photos, articles and information on many subjects, and the positive comments from the readers. Now the Aldersonian has a listing of all graduates form Alderson High School, many articles from the alumni, and history of not only the schools of Alderson, but the city itself. Also, you can find out about Alderson Community Center, Alderson Hospitality House, Alderson Main Street, Greenbrier River Flood Status, Obituaries and businesses. Approximately 1950 pages of school history, town history, general interest articles and photos.ObservationsToday, most of the newest additions are updates from Alderson Main Street, Town of Alderson, sprinkled with a few articles from the alumni, messages from some businesses, and obituaries. To quote a famous line from Seinfeld. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”. It should be mentioned that Causby Parker, who a couple of years ago, did a life’s time of work in one year bringing you her Photo Tours of the city of Alderson. She is still sending photos and information that are of interest to the reader. As for my part in all this, I’m still taking suggestions from anyone, and from my own ideas, I research to find history and photos that have never appeared on the Aldersonian and try to find out some history behind the photos. ResolutionsSubsequently, I will continue to take what the fine folks of, and from Alderson share with me, and gladly share it with you, the readers. I do know that not everyone is on Face Book (or any social media) or lives in Alderson, and I feel compelled not leave them out of the loop. I’m excited to have a new focus for the Aldersonian, and that’s history. I expect to have possibly, 5 to 10 more years left to work on the Aldersonian and I want to do more.My son has agreed to keep the Aldersonian on the Internet after I’m gone. I don’t think there is a more complete compilation of history about the schools of Alderson and the history of Alderson and its people, than this website. I feel honored that I was allowed to do it.