Captain’s Log of Essential Supplies

Written by Ramona Merrill

  • At least one quality point & shoot camera and one 35-mm cam- era system with an interchangeable lens system for sports events. Buy as many cameras as possible because good photographs are the first ingredient of a good yearbook.
  • A large supply of 800 ASA color print film. You will find this film is versatile enough for low light situations, action shots and many candid photos as well.
  • Lots of sticky notes for leaving notes to staff members on rough drafts, page envelopes, etc.
  • Package tape for assembling shipment boxes.
  • Note cards for writing encouraging words to students and a stash of snacks.
  • Food for rewarding students who perform well.
  • Lots of bright paper for printing promotional flyers about book sales, ad sales, portrait days, etc.
  • A mini-fridge stocked with bottled water (not soda) to keep your mind clear and to calm your nerves.
  • A fine-tipped Sharpie for touching up ad clip art.
  • A college dictionary, thesaurus and idiom book.
  • A supply of replacement toner for all the printers in your room.
  • A box full of well-designed magazines for ideas and inspiration.
  • Labeled storage drawers for small items like wax pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, job stickers, mini layout sheets, and other items that students are likely to need on a regular basis.
  • Things that make you feel good. You will be spending a lot of time in the publication room, so make it pleasant and motivational.
  • A large bottle of painkillers for those inevitable deadline headaches.

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2 Responses to “Captain’s Log of Essential Supplies”

September 17, 2009 at 11:34 am, Marcia Ferguson said:

Dear Ms. Merrill:

I am trying to locate an old yearbook for Crosby Elementary, Junior High, or High School. I went to these schools from 1961 to 1970. We were the Crosby Buffalos back then. I would be happy to pay for any you might have available, plus shipping. I am on Facebook and lots of my old classmates are on. It would be so very wonderful to see those friends as they were back in the 60’s and 70’s. I’m hoping that you might be able to “blow off the dust” and send me one, especially from the years 1968-1970. I hope this is possible and would gladly send you the cost up front.

Thanks so much for your consideration,

Marcia “Marci” Anne Ferguson
1008 Pinon Pass
Fischer, Texas 78623


August 11, 2010 at 11:54 am, Dianne said:

I am looking for information on my dad Forrest “Rusty” Fulmer who attended Crosby and played football and ran track. This was back in late 20’s early 30’s. Do you know of any archival information or where I could find anything on him or the Crosby Buffalo’s back then. My brother attended in the late 50’s

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