While designing Page 1A on Christmas Eve, news editor Daniel Wattenburger noticed the volume and number on the East Oregonian's front page read "132nd Year, No. 364." Thus began a discussion in the newsroom about the correct date of the EO's birthday. We went back to our archives and found in some years past that a new year, No. 1 seemed to fall in mid-October, while other years, a sudden switch to a new year occurred in November or December.

Then we checked Gordon Macnab's book, "A Century of News and People in the East Oregonian, 1875-1975." Turns out the first issue of the EO came off a press on Oct. 16, 1875. This was back when Pendleton's population was 260 and Hermiston was merely a glimmer in its founders' eyes.

So, you'll notice today's front page lists this as 133rd Year, No. 62. We've marked our calendars with Oct. 16 as the EO's birthday and hope to not miss it in 2009.

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