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‘Old Boys’ of The Herald Media have reunion annual hikingThe Korea Herald and Herald Kyungje (Korean business daily)

By Lee Kyung-sik

Former cultural editor of The Korea Herald

Incumbent publisher-chairman of The Korea Post

▲ ‘Old Boys’ of the Herald Media have their reunion at Cheonggye-san Mountain on Oct. 15, 2016. Chairman Yun Ik-han of the Herald Old Boys’ Club (former executive vice president of Herald Media) is seen sixth from left, front row.

Over a total of 40 former executives, editors and reporters of the English-language daily, The Korea Herald, and the Korean-language business daily, Herald Kyungju, had a reunion mountain-climbing in the vicinity of the Cheonggye-san Mountain south of Seoul on Oct. 15, 2016.

The ‘less-old’ and energetic members of the ‘Herald Old Boys Club’ went all the way up to the higher ground of the Cheonggye Mountain, while the old and weak ones settled with having lunch together at a restaurant at a village at the foot of the Mountain.

▲Chairman Yun makes welcome remarks to the ‘Old Boys.

The reunion meeting of the Herald ‘Old Boys’ exchanged their experiences with one another that had happened since their last reunion at the end of last year when they had their reunion dinner at the Seoul Press Club with both the former and incumbent leading members of the Herald Media.

Speaking at the reunion meeting on last October 15, Chairman Yun Ik-han said that all the ‘Old Boys’ of the Herald Media spent the best part of their lives together and that the rich experiences they gained while working together at The Herald were invaluable and that it would be amiss to let such assets unused.

Excerpts from his speech follow:

Am I glad that once again we are all together!

Because I am the chairman of the Club I am asked to make the speech first. I am thinking that we could perform the role taking turns so that everyone could get a chance to speak.

It would not be easy realistically, however; so I would settle for my speaking first. So, what I am going to speak, I would like to solicit that all the Old Boys here and also those who have not been able to make it here today would think that I am speaking for them as well as on my own behalf.

Everyone present here, I would say, spent the best part of their lives together with The Herald, sharing the sorrows as well as joys at a special place of work called the media. This is why, we all felt that what we did was rewarding in addition to making our living.

What we gained from such an environment where we spent our youthful time together is a great asset. Such assents are so precious that I would say that they should not be left unused. If we recollect these assets today and use them then they would become our new assets.

Yes, it is true. These assets are too important and precious to be left unused.

▲ The Herald Media ‘Old Boys’ meet several times a year, including one in spring and autumn. Shown above are Chairman Yun (fourth from right, front row) at the April picnic last year. Former Publisher-President Choi Suh-young of the Herald Media is seen next from Chairman Yun and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post (publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language media) is seen third from left, front row.

I would say that the degree of our happiness hinges on how we share our good time together as well as good health and forming the basis of all this is the warm friendship shared among ourselves.

This reunion today also has its purpose in part in trying to rekindle the desire to use these assets.

I hear that the Old Boys of The Herald, who have not had the luck or chance of joining the reunion, regret that they should have made more effort to learn the information concerning the reunion meeting so that they might not miss the meeting in the future.

It is true that people could have misunderstanding in the past and that one might not have wished to meet another depending on the different persons.

If one would have the chance of meeting with such a former colleague, I am sure that the reunion meeting of the Old Boys of The Herald would prove truly a precious occasion?possibly rekindling their old friendship.

I would like to stress the importance that our Reunion meeting could provide a rare opportunity where the members could embrace one another again in search of a one notch-higher level of happiness in our life.

I would say that I will make every effort possible to make our Union meeting one that all the members would eagerly look forward to attending--counting the days. I hope that I have spoken for all the members who have not had a chance to speak. I would be happy if I have adequately spoken for them?no matter to what extent.

Once again, I would like say, “It is really good to see you all again!”

Lee Kyung-sik  edt@koreapost.com

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