From Yvonne Mintz
Our SNI employee of the month for February just celebrated his 40th anniversary as an employee of The Facts.
Steve Martin began working at the Facts on May 1, 1974, when The Facts was located in the old building in Freeport and Mr. Nabors was publisher.
At that time, Pat Quisenberry was press foreman and Frank Ramirez Sr., current Facts production manager Frankie Ramirez’s dad, came back to work at the Facts.
Steve learned a lot from Mr. Frank during his years there. In 1976 the Facts moved to its current building. Steve recalls having an open house and running comics so that people could see the press run. Then in 1978, he left the Facts to work for his dad at his print shop.
Steve is a second-generation printer. His dad began working for the Houston Post after World War II and opened his own print shop in Freeport around the time Steve was born. After going to work for his dad it didn’t take Steve long to realize he needed more money coming in, so in January of 1979 he made the hard decision to leave his dad’s print shop and return to work at the Facts full time.
Steve remembers a story when the newsprint was delivered in boxcars. The paper had hired a high school football player to help unload the boxcar. While unloading, a roll of newsprint fell from the car and got away, rolling down the road. So, as any young football star would, he decided he was going to stop the giant roll of paper. He ran in front of it and stood in a 3-point stance, and as the roll came at him he stood his ground, until it rolled right over him.
Over the last 40 years Steve said he has enjoyed working with all the people at the Facts, and he looks forward to many years to come.
"Steve is a steady hand here at The Facts. His even temper and attention to detail have served us very well," Facts Publisher Yvonne Mintz said. "Many times during my time in the newsroom Steve caught errors in ads or news copy after the pages were sent back to the press – saving us the embarrassment of an error.
"He takes ownership of this paper, as any great employee would," she said.