June 27, 1997 was the last day of Pacific Newspaper Group (formerly Pacific Press) at 2250 Granville Street in Vancouver so I brought my crappy video camera to document the festivities before the big move to 200 Granville Street, our present location. Pacific Press moved into 2250 Granville Street in 1965 (from 100 West Pender) and although the old building was showing its age and smelled and looked somewhat like a Dickensian aslylum, it felt like a newspaper building. The floors would tremble when the big presses started up for the day’s printing and there was a general sense of camaraderie and participation in the group effort it took to produce the newspapers.
The top floor lunchroom had a spectacular view and was used by everyone involved in the day-to-day production of The Vancouver Sun and The Province so it was a great place to catch up on the latest news and gossip. Everyone seemed to know everyone else and departments and employees mixed for food and conversation.
The video begins in the Electronic Advertising department (such as it was in the early days of digital ad production) and makes its way through the composing department, advertising floor (pizza time!), mailroom and then outside the building for my final taste of free downtown parking. Ah…those were truly the good old days. Enjoy.
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