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John Sinkevics

John Sinkevics | The Grand Rapids Press

About Me:

A reporter at The Grand Rapids Press since 1981, I’ve been an entertainment writer and music critic here for the past 11 years, focusing on rock, pop, blues, alt-country and other genres. I also write a Sunday music column and a monthly feature called “Local Spins” that focuses on new releases by regional artists. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/john.sinkevics?ref=profile

John’s letter to Co-workers on Jan. 13, 2012:

To paraphrase what I wrote to my Grand Rapids Press co-workers today: It’s only fitting. After I announced to some non-newspaper folks earlier this week that I was leaving The Press, I hopped into my car and the first songs I heard were “Free Fallin’ ” (Tom Petty), followed by “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac). That may sum up my immediate future, but it doesn’t begin to sum up the emotions I feel as I leave this newsroom after 31 years. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: This newspaper has employed some of the finest and most dedicated reporters, writers and editors in the business, and I’ve been honored to work alongside all of them. The camaraderie has made it beyond special, spawning lifelong friendships that I will always treasure. To those co-workers who left long ago, to those who’ve left or are about to leave as part of the recent spate of layoffs, and to those who are staying to soldier on and prosper with the new media company, I raise my glass and toast you for your hard work, your creativity, your spirit, your often-irreverent humor and, of course, your friendship. Good luck and good fortune to all of you. In other words, jump up and down in your blue suede shoes and rock on. In typical Sink fashion, I’ve rambled on too long. So, to borrow a line from country rebel Steve Earle, “Goodbye’s all we’ve got left to say…”

Turn the page: Press music columnist looks back and spins ahead http://t.co/kbcJeRa6

Turn the page: Press music columnist looks back and spins ahead http://t.co/kbcJeRa6 2 hours ago

2 Responses to John Sinkevics

  1. admin says:

    John, If we ever put a calender on this website for events , or things happening, etc., we will also proclaim this day John Sinkevics Day. Doug Taylor, Co-editor West Mich Music Hysterical Society

  2. admin says:

    John, I’m just going to repost your own words, as they are always so well thought out. Today, must be a bitter sweet day for you, Good Luck with your future endeavors. Doug Taylor, Co-editor West Mich Music Hysterical Society

    John:
    To paraphrase what I wrote to my Grand Rapids Press co-workers today: It’s only fitting. After I announced to some non-newspaper folks earlier this week that I was leaving The Press, I hopped into my car and the first songs I heard were “Free Fallin’ ” (Tom Petty), followed by “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac). That may sum up my immediate future, but it doesn’t begin to sum up the emotions I feel as I leave this newsroom after 31 years. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: This newspaper has employed some of the finest and most dedicated reporters, writers and editors in the business, and I’ve been honored to work alongside all of them. The camaraderie has made it beyond special, spawning lifelong friendships that I will always treasure. To those co-workers who left long ago, to those who’ve left or are about to leave as part of the recent spate of layoffs, and to those who are staying to soldier on and prosper with the new media company, I raise my glass and toast you for your hard work, your creativity, your spirit, your often-irreverent humor and, of course, your friendship. Good luck and good fortune to all of you. In other words, jump up and down in your blue suede shoes and rock on. In typical Sink fashion, I’ve rambled on too long. So, to borrow a line from country rebel Steve Earle, “Goodbye’s all we’ve got left to say…”

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