Category Archives: History

Mother’s Day portraits

For Mother’s Day, here are portraits of our mothers as they graduated from college.

My mother, Helen Yonge Lind, believed to be in 1935.


Meda’s mother, Margaret Renton Chesney, photo taken about 1943.


Woman with cat c. 1910

I really like this old picture.

The woman is Alice Ludgate. I have to concentrate to get the family relationship right.

Allice’s mother, Sophronia (Lewis) Ludgate, was the younger sister of Kate Lewis Renton, wife of George F. Renton Sr., manager of Kohala Sugar and, later, Ewa Plantation. He managed Ewa from 1898 to his retirement in 1921.

George and Kate Renton had three sons–George Jr., James Lewis, and and Allan. James Lewis was my wife’s grandfather.

Alice Ludgate lived in the Pacific Northwest. She died in 1984. We met her several times in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She had cats throughout her life, which gives this photo of her as a young women its weight. Towards the end, when dementia was taking its toll and she was living in a care home, she had a stuffed cat which kept her company.

In any case, I find it just a charming photo, despite its age and technical flaws.

with cat

What newspapering used to look like

[text]Here’s a great look inside the production of the New York Times in a series of photos from 1942. The photographs are in the Library of Congress collection. They were recently featured on Mashable, and then picked up by Digital Photography Review, where I first saw them.

Things have changed a bit in 75 years!

When did the Honolulu newspapers move away from the traditional typesetting to computers? Anybody recall?

Throwback Thursday: Freedom of the Press Award – 1985

In March 1985, I received a “Freedom of the Press Award” from the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. At the time, I was working as director of Common Cause Hawaii, and was heavily involved in lobbying for strengthening amendments to laws providing public access to government meetings and records.

According to a Honolulu Advertiser article about the award:

Ian Lind, executive director of Common Cause/Hawaii, was honored by Hawaii’s professional journalists yesterday for “taking a strong stand for freedom of information and rigorously supporting an independent press, often in unpopular circumstances.

Howard Graves, president of the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, told an audience of about 70 that Lind is “an industrious foe of closed government” and “a nagging toothache in the centers of power.”

That’s about the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me!

After the event, I visited my parents. The photo was taken at their house in Kahala, looking out into the back yard. A weird time warp, since it’s now our house and our back yard, very different (after renovations) but also the same.

SPJ Hawaii award