November 30, 2018

A Farewell Note from the Creator and Senior Editor of the Paperless Airplane

Patrick Lacefield
Director, Montgomery County Office of
Public Information
When I envisioned “The Paperless Airplane” as a mass, email newsletter from the Office of Public Information about 11 years ago, I received a note back from a reader after an early edition. It said,” Wow, what a creative name, however did you think of it?” Later that month, I received a contrary view: “Who came up with this stupid title?”

Whatever, there have been hundreds of editions of The Paperless Airplane, sharing County news in an accessible, attractive format for more than a decade. Sometimes it’s been good news, sometimes bad. Sometimes it has been feel-good, sometimes edgy, sometimes pushing a strong point of view.

Right now, The Paperless Airplane reaches more than 220,000 Montgomery County households every two weeks or so – and with a very high “open” rate for email newsletters. I thank all the readers over the years for their feedback and I thank my colleagues – first Bonnie Ayres and now Judy Stiles, for their “care and feeding” of this creation.

May it continue to serve our new County Executive and County Council – and you, the readers – well on into the future.

--Patrick Lacefield
   Director, Montgomery County Office of Public Information

12 comments:

  1. You didn't actually say farewell.

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  2. Thank you. I have been a resident of Montgomery County since October 2016 and really appreciate the Paperless Airplane. It has helped me to quickly become familiar with the goings on of our community. All the best in your future endeavors.

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  3. Thank you, Patrick..for thoughtful,,informative, educational, talented writing/editing and your considerable efforts to reach County residents!
    Sara

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  4. Thank you for the useful resource!

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  5. I agree with the reader from long ago: a very stupid name. I hope it is changed soon!

    Bruce

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  6. Great job, Patrick! Best wishes and thank you for your creativity and hard work.

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  7. Thank you for creating this very useful newsletter! Best wishes for the future.

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  8. I've been reading the Paperless Airplane for several years now and appreciate the easy access to current MC government news. Thank you Mr. Lacefield and colleagues for a job well done.

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  9. As a relatively recent reader, I like the title and appreciate the wide ranging and well written content. Thanks!

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  10. I hope your Paperless Airplane continues on after your departure. It was a great idea and very informative. Whoever said "who came up with the stupid name" is an oaf, just sayin lol.

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  11. Thank you for creating this brilliant way to share information.

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  12. This has been a creative and useful product IMO, HOWEVER, it runs the risk of beign the official agitprop organ of county executive - there should be a robust opportunity for readers/residents to post on it to provide balance. NBthis risk is inevitable but such a forum would provide necessary balance and ballast, esp in a county government that is not truly representative of its residents and an under represented minority called “not registered democrat” voter...Montgomery country has had great government and a great place to live, but obviosuly moviugn forward, this will become far far more docult to achieve. The necessary trade offs and compromises will involve more, not less , public participation. E..g., how will underfunded county workers pensions be funded in the future ?

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