by Jonathan Gramling
and so by March 22nd, we were ready to rock and roll. It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind on getting it done.
The Capital City Hues was a dream back in 2006, an idea that I had. But it was this community, specifically Madison’s communities of color who made it into a
reality. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
At first, I called it The Capital City Hues with the idea that if we ever expended the paper to include more cities, we could call a Milwaukee paper The Cream City
Hues or in Chicago, The Windy City Hues. But we never went in that direction. In some ways, we haven’t changed much since 2005. And I think people like the fact
that we are consistent in an ever changing world.
I think my sister was a little skeptical and maybe thought I was throwing my money away at the time. I am glad she didn’t have a guardian ad litem declared for me
even though I was an adult.
And somehow, someway, The Capital City Hues just completed its 13th year of publishing. The superstitious side of me is glad that we’re out of that 13th year. Part of
me wanted to just skip it like elevators in many hotels go from the 12th to the 14th floor.
And so we have published 338 copies of The Hues and I have probably written over 2,500 articles and columns for The Hues during that time. We’ve had many fine
writers come and go during that time including the late Ken Haynes. Even though Ken passed a while ago, I left the logo for his column on The Hues’ template so that
every two weeks, I see Ken as I begin to lay out the paper.
But just as some writers leave, others come back. I am happy to say that Wayne Strong will be writing again after an almost nine month respite. It will be wonderful
to carry his column on a regular basis.
We also have Alfonso Zepeda-Capistrán coming back as a columnist as well, although we haven’t received one to publish yet. And Jasmine Winston, a La Follette
high school student, has written another column for us as well that we will publish in our April 8th edition. While my writing style allows the voice of the person
whom I have interviewed tell the story, it is very important to have other people expressing themselves directly in the newspaper, the more voices the better.
The nice thing about The Capital City Hues is that it is pretty much community-directed. I do plan some features like this issues political questionnaires and The Hues
Row of Excellence for our graduation issue. But for the most part, the content is driven by what is going on in the community and I don’t really have a full grasp on
what is in the paper until I get done writing my last article and send my last PDF file to the printer. And then I look and say to myself, “That’s pretty cool.”
As we enter our 14th year of publishing The Hues, we have education and politics. We have business excellence awards. We have the performing arts represented
as well as women in managerial roles. The second part of our story on Dawn Crim, Governor Tony Evers’ selection to be secretary of the Dept. of Safety &
Professional Services includes a photo of Dawn’s senior managerial staff. It goes to show you that diversity and excellence can happen when one focuses on it to
make it happen. This issue as young and old featured in it, people who have spent a lifetime achieving and those relatively just beginning that road. It’s a great
issue to start off our 14th year.
Just as we did in March 2006, this issue of The Capital City Hues focuses on the Spring General Election that is being held on April 2nd, which is coming up pretty
quickly. We have candidate questionnaire answers from the two Madison mayor candidates and the six candidates running for the Madison Metropolitan School
District board. They have taken the time to answer our questions and we have devoted considerable space to their answers. So please use this section as one of
the tools that you will use to make an informed choice for these important positions. The lives and education of the Madison area’s children is at stake as well as
the future direction that the city takes.
I thank you for being a part of The Hues readership family. Onward as we reflect the diversity that the Madison area is and will become.
There is something else that happens during the second half of March besides March Madness — has anyone had their bracket
bust yet — and the coming of Spring, even if the weather doesn’t actually indicate that. It’s also a celebration of the birth of The
Capital City Hues.
Back on March 22, 2006, we published the first copy of The Capital City Hues with Mother Jackie Wright on the front cover and a
story about Shree and Lakshmi Sridharan and the Indian American community in Madison.
It was in January 2006 that I decided to go ahead with The Hues even though I had been toying with the idea for a couple of
months. I visited my son Andrew in China — who would eventually write over 100 columns, I believe on the China Dispatch on
his experiences in China — where he had been teaching English as a foreign language and while walking the streets of
Shanghai and Bejing, I mentally made up my mind to go ahead with it. Heidi Pascual, who would become the associate editor of
The Hues went to visit her native Philippines shortly after I got back from China. And in the subsequent four weeks, I had lined
up columnists, distribution sites, ordered newspaper racks, set up a printing agreement with Wingra Press owned by Capital
Newspapers, created the initial design and look of the paper and started soliciting advertising. I also started covering stories