Editor’s note: This month, we bring you brief reminders from pros around the world about what or who helped them forward in their careers.

Steve Ronald, one of the top editors at the Star Tribune most of the time I was there, smiled at me one day when I apologized for turning in a story at 100 inches.

“Oh, don’t worry, Chuck,” he said.  “A hundred inches by you reads like 98 by anybody else.”

I remember his gentle dig every time I see I’m passing 20 inches.

Chuck Haga ~ columnist, The Grand Forks Herald; journalism teacher

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