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Times Past Publisher’s Foreward

When Dolan Media Company acquired Arizona News Service, L.L.C., publishers of the Arizona Capitol Times, in May 2005, I was aware of the company’s rich history — that it had started in 1906 and had been in the Creighton family for three generations. After meeting with the political and business leaders of the state, it became quite clear how much a part of Arizona history were the Arizona Capitol Times and the Creightons. Ned and Diana Creighton not only reported — comprehensively and without bias — the news of Arizona government and politics, they celebrated Arizona’s rich history within the newspaper with wit, sensitivity and an institutional memory that spanned decades.

I quickly discovered one of the most popular features in the newspaper was “Times Past,” a column that pairs a photo from Arizona’s history with an original essay, researched and written by a respected historian. The essay helped make the photo come alive, and the photo gave real substance and context to the essay. The first historical photo ran in a predecessor publication to the Arizona Capitol Times called The Messenger. On January 6, 1993, the “Times Past” name was added to the column. Almost 1,500 historical photographs and accompanying stories have appeared.

Through the years, subscribers urged the Creightons to publish a compilation of “Times Past” articles, and doing so was always on Ned and Diana’s wish list. But covering the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, elections and the occasional scandal or impeachment was always more important, and the “Times Past” book kept getting pushed down the priority list. On behalf of Dolan Media and the staff of the Arizona Capitol Times, I?am proud to help fulfill this dream, not just as a token of gratitude to Ned and Diana for their years of service to Arizona but also — and more importantly — as a tribute to the state, its peoples and its rich history. We are all thrilled to be a contributing part of that history.

Ginger Lamb
Vice President & Publisher, Arizona Capitol Times/Arizona News Service, L.L.C.

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