“Nope, not that one. The other one. Yes, there is another one. There’s that one, then there’s mine. Mine can’t sing.”
And so, it went, day by day … week by week. As PR professionals, marketing directors, heads of nonprofits, advertisers, et al, would ask “who do I contact to get XYZ in the paper?” I would tell them Amy Christian. I could tell by the excited look that would spread across their faces they were wrong.
“Oh wow!” was usually the response I would get. “That is so cool!” Yes, Amy Christian is cool, all right. But most of the time it was Amy Christian, the local Augustan who was a backup singer for James Brown they were referring to, not the Metro Spirit’s longtime Arts Editor. “Oh.” was usually the response I got when I let them know they would not in fact be interacting with Mr. Brown’s backup singer but the pleasant, affable, highly capable Mrs. Amy Fennell Christian, wife of Jim and mother of Nola.
Such is life when you are grinding away at an alternative weekly newspaper. All the glory goes to others while you make sure you spelled their name right. But Amy was, and is, in fact glorious. She has been a co-worker & friend-her booming laugh music to my ears — for 15 years.
Sadly, Amy has recently accepted the position as director of development for the Westobou Festival. Sad for us, yes, but also very exciting at the same time. She will be working alongside another former Spirit staffer at Westobou, senior graphic designer Jason Craig. As director of development, she will be apparently directing development for the festival. We didn’t actually discuss what her job duties were going to be … she was too focused being Amy … responsible, meticulous and thoughtful … training her replacement Amanda Main and making sure we were all taken care of before her departure.
Amy has put her stamp all over the Spirit, from our approach to covering the arts, dining and music to the actual layout of the paper. Her smart insight and workhorse mentality has made her a vital part of our team. I know I speak for all our current and former employees when I wish her the very best in her new career, and we all look forward to seeing her byline in the paper again soon as a freelance writer.