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Month of anniversaries brings cheers, tears
une 5 it is a day that is got to sleep in my own bed.
But I have also seen the ef-
celebrated in my family
because it’s my parents fect of the aftermath of Sept.
wedding anniversary.
11, 2001 on local communi-
But it is also a date I have ties, including right here in
begun to dread, for reason’s Hermiston. Two friends that
unrelated to my parents. On immediately come to mind
this particular June 5th, I was deployed to Afghanistan and
at my parents home wishing Iraq, leaving families behind
thing a happy anniversary to worry about their security
when I got a message from and safety. Fortunately for
an old friend from college.
their families, those friends
“You hear about
came home safely.
Dave Gilkey?” asked,
One is now retired
Karl Maasdam. Karl,
from the Marines, the
Dave and I were
other is still in the Or-
among a group of as-
egon National Guard.
piring photojournalists
Other friends from
who all attended Ore-
high school and col-
gon State University in
lege served in both
the mid to late 1980s. I Gary
gulf wars or were de-
L. West
hadn’t heard anything SHADES
ployed to other con-
from, or of, Dave in a OF GRAY
À ict zones during their
while, though.
Karl brought me up to
So, for the last 10 days I
speed brutally quick.
have been trying to process
“Killed in Afghanistan and understand my grief
today” was Karl’s response, over David Gilkey’s death.
followed by a link to a sto- David and I shared a pas-
ry on National Public Ra- sion for photography and
dio’s website. Gilkey had journalism in college, but
been working for NPR ended up taking very differ-
since 2007. Gilkey had dis- ent paths. We weren’t close
tinguished himself as a still in college, but I considered
photographer and videogra- him a friend. I don’t know if
pher, most recently working he would say the same. We
for a national radio medium, were competitors for assign-
which NPR’s core audience, ments and space on the pages
its listeners, couldn’t even in the Daily Barometer. Dave
see his work unless they was always just a bit better at
went online. Such is the capturing the moment and
modern media world, where telling the story with a cam-
a photojournalist was doing era than I was, I’d have to ad-
award-winning work for ra- mit. But that made me better
dio. And where a 50-year-old at it too, competing with him
American journalist is killed in that safe, nurturing envi-
in a conÀ ict most Americans ronment of student journal-
have put out of their daily ism. He didn’t stick around
to ¿ nish school, turning an
It’s now going on 15 years internship at the Daily Cam-
since al-Qaeda terrorists at- era in Boulder, Colorado,
tacked the United States, into a full-time paying job.
leading to the U.S. invasions I ¿ nished school and landed
of Afghanistan and Iraq.
at the Herald and News in
I had not stayed in touch Klamath Falls, following in
with David over the years, the footsteps of another of
but for some reason with our college peer-photojour-
which I have not come to nalism group.
terms, his death has left me
Along the way, I largely
in mourning.
hung up the cameras for desk
I have had opportunities jobs and editing gigs, while
to hear from and share mes- Dave kept shooting and ex-
sages with several friends panding into video storytell-
in the last 10 days who also ing.
knew David back at Oregon
David had a connection
State. We share our recollec- to another Hermiston Herald
tions, news, memories and editor too. During his time
our grief. There is comrade-
ship and a shared emptiness.
One friend who no longer
works in journalism was left
feeling guilty for not still be-
ing involved in news report-
ing any more. Gilkey paid
the ultimate price for shar-
ing news from a dangerous,
hostile place and this friend,
who now does commercial
photography, was feeling
less accomplished — less
pure — for being home in-
stead of out dodging bombs
and bullets.
I’ve never had a desire to
be a war correspondent. I’ve
always been more interested
in helping to tell the local
stories, those close to home,
in communities of varying
sizes here on the West Coast.
Being at a crime scene where
police of¿ cers had weapons
drawn has provided more
than enough of an adrenaline
rush for me and when the
adrenaline wore off, I still
in Boulder, before moving
on to the Detroit Free Press
and NPR, Gilkey worked
with Neill Woelk at the Daily
Maybe I, like my friend,
am grieving not just David’s
death, but all I have not ac-
complished along the way as
a journalist. But more likely,
I think, is that David’s death
reminds me of the last time
I saw my cousin Randy,
who died ¿ ve years ago this
month. The last time I saw
Randy, who in many ways
was like a big brother, was
when I was home visiting
for my parents anniversa-
ry ¿ ve years ago. He died
about two weeks later, on
June 20.
I still get struck with
À ashes of grief over his death
from time to time. He was
only 57, not much older than
I am now, and I still miss his
way of telling a story that
made it much funnier than
it deserved to be, his laugh,
his occasional advice and his
relating stories about family
members, many of whom are
now gone.
I don’t understand grief,
but I am beginning to think
its affect is an accumulative
thing. The more I experience
grief as I age, the quicker and
harder it hits me when it re-
turns on the next occasion.
Like I have to re-mourn ev-
ery past lost with every new
And the date of my par-
ents’ anniversary, June 5,
was also the date when a for-
mer ¿ ancpe chose to break
our engagement and end our
relationship a dozen years
So, a date that I had previ-
ously associated with a hap-
py family occasion now has
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All those are reasons to
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milestones to mark and cher-
ish, but there are other June
milestones that have led to
more than a few tears being
I hope your June is
marked with milestones that
bring to mind happy times
and memories of family and
good friends. I try to tell
myself that the sad events
and milestones also serve
a purpose and remind us of
the things that are truly im-
portant. But sometimes its
hard to read the reminder
notes I’ve written to myself
through watery eyes.
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some sad memories attached
to it. That’s not my parents’
fault, or my cousin Ran-
dy’s, or David Gilkey’s. It’s
not even what’s-her-name’s
fault. But I think now, going
forward, it will always be a
day of mixed emotions.
It’s been an interesting
couple of weeks. We’ve
marked my parents’ anni-
versary, my dad’s birthday,
a niece’s graduation from
Woodrow Wilson High
School (ironically, the same
school Gilkey graduated
from) and got to meet an-
other niece for the ¿ rst time,
plus I got to spend some time
with my daughter and her
boyfriend and other fam-
ily members. On top of it
all I’ve been in touch with
friends from my college days
all within the span of one
Then comes the mass
shooting in a nightclub in
Orlando, Florida, which once
would have been a news
event in a far away place, but
over the years I’ve worked
with friends who have spent
part of their careers — lived,
or as still living and working
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