Dowser’s Silver Anniversary will be a triumph of inertia

I’ve always time to trade war stories with Ian Dow, a veteran of the Daily Record who’s worked in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But here’s a date for your diary that I hadn’t quite realised was so close – on January 16, 2008 Dowser will be celebrating 25 years with the paper.

I really shouldn’t be surprised. When I was a cub reporter at the Evening News I was dispatched to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden to stop random strangers and ask them inane questions as part of a “vox pop”

When I saw a chap with a four-year-old daugher in tow I stopped him and he was good enough to chat and have his photo taken. As he departed, he handed me his business card – Ian Dow, Daily Record.

I was in awe. Those were the days when the Daily Record was truly massive – selling almost a million papers a day and the pinnacle of Scottish journalism. It took an age to get a job there, usually by spending long years doing weekend shifts while holding down a job on a weekly or evening paper. Then you’d spend several years as a “permanent shifter” working five days a week, every week, without a proper contract. It was worth it though, when you eventually got to join the staff.

It was another six years before I joined Ian at the Daily Record and another six years after that when I departed to do my own thing. Seven years on from that and Ian’s still ploughing his own inimitable furrow. So what’s his secret for¬†longevity?

“Don’t ever take a job with a title. If you do it’s only a matter of time before someone notices you and you’re on your way out the door.”

I hope to raise a glass with Dowser on that landmark date later this month, which he has proudly described as “a triumph of inertia”.

Aye. They don’t make them like that any more.

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One thought on “Dowser’s Silver Anniversary will be a triumph of inertia

  1. Hallo There !
    I am from India. In 1960-62 I knew an Ian Dow at the YMCA at Erdington, Birmingham. I wonder whether the Ian Dow you mention could be the same person. I would be most delighted to get in touch with him.
    Could you please help?
    Regards and thanks
    S. Mohan

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