Jenny signs off after 30 years
IT was the year Laverne and Shirley premiered on TV, the year the International Bill of Rights went into affect and the year AC/DC began their first headline tour of Britain. It was 1976 and also the year Jenny Briese (now Williams) began her first job at The Queensland Times. Jenny was hired by general manager Geoff Smith and began in the circulation department in the office on the corner of Ellenborough and Brisbane streets. "I was thrilled to be working ? my life started when I started work," Jenny said. "I remember my first pay packet ? it was $50." She said there had been many changes over the years, especially in technology. "Everything was different back then," Jenny said. "There were no computers in the office, no such thing as a calculator as we now know it and the pressroom had typesetters." Jenny has carried out a number of roles since being at the QT including bookwork, front counter customer service and switchboard operator, but the role Jenny made her own was Young Times co-ordinator. "Young Times is my baby. That's been my favourite part. I have loved every minute of it," she said. "We used to run bus trips every holidays and organise floats in the festival parades. "I have made many dear and life-long friends at the QT." It's with a heavy heart that Jenny leaves the QT, but she said it was time for a change. "I'm just looking forward to the next chapter in my life ? my story isn't finished yet and I'm excited to see how it progresses," she said. Management and staff at the QT said they would miss Jenny's cheerful personality immensely. "It's hard to put into words over 30 years of dedication ? but we wish Jenny all the best for the future and thank her for her valued contribution," general manager Steve Hutton said.