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March 24, 2001     Arkansas Catholic
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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC PAGE 10 MARCH 24,2001 Continued from page 9 1960s The appearance of The Guard/an changed dranlatically in 1961 on the newspaper's 50th anniversary when it became a tabloid. While the length and width has varied slightly over the years, it never has gone back to the broad- sheet size of most daily newspapers. In 1966 the Guardian Church Goods Store was sold to its manager, Edward Lipsmeyer. His son, Michael, continues to operate the store (now located on Seventh Street), which is still one of the few Catholic bookstores in the state. Beginning with the first session of Vatican Council lI in 1962 the newspaper made extra efforts to publish news on the major decisions in Rome. Bishop Fletcher attended each session and each week he wrote a letter to The Guardian about the events. With the closing on St.John Seminary in 1967, diocesan offices, including The Guardian, were moved from downtown to the former seminary grounds in the Pulaski Heights area of Little Rock. By the end of the decade, readers were asked to pay $5 for the weekly newspaper. 1970s When Bishop Andrew J McDonald arrived, he appointed Father J Gaston Hebert to lead an editorial advisory board to recommend changes, including reinstating an editorial page and abolishing the require- ment that "all local news must be published. A subscription cost $7. 1980s In 1981, at the age of 66, O'Donnell stepped down as editor and another layman, Karl Christ, was named the editor. Father Joseph Conyard, SJ, joined the staff in 1985 as the managing editor, but left the daily edi- torial work to Christ. After 75 years as The Guardian, the staff decided to change the publication's name to reflect a more contemporary trend in pub- lishing. Beginning with the March 21, 1986, issue, the diocesan newspaper became known as Arkansas Catholic. The name change also brought a new format, typeface and column width In 1988 Father Albert Schneider joined the staffas managing editor and in 1989 the newspaper named its first woman editor, Deborah Halter. In 1985 the newspaper reported that mailing costs had tripled and newsprint had doubled when it informed readers that a subscription would cost $10 now. 1990s Father Schneider continued service as managing editor and Pete Hoelscher serv l as the editor in 1993-1994. In 1994 the eli0- cese hired its second woman editor, Mal Hargett, and the leadership of the neWS per was given to Msgr. Francis I. Malone managing editor in 1995. From 1997 to 2000 Danny Straessle served as managing edi!o Beginning in 1997 Msgr. Malone wo assigned by Bishop McDonald to serve as due theological consultant for the newspaper. In 1999 a one-year subscription was $15. 2O00 The arrival of the new publisher, Bishop J Peter Sartain, and the jubilee year k0x used as opportunlues to update the loo a the newspaper. Bishop Sartain apprOV the design changes to the newspaper June. After nine years itwas decided to raise the. subscription rate by $1 to meet increased postal and printing rates. FILE PHOTO Karl Christ, a Henderson, Ky., native, was recruited in 1981 to be The Guardian's editor when Bill O'Donnell was named managing editor Christ retired in 1989 and now lives in Heber Springs The Guardian newspaper offices were next door to the Guardian Press Church Goods store Second Street in downtown Little Rock.The newspaper moved toThe Heights area in 1968.