Every company has a behind-the-scenes person who does important work with little recognition or fanfare.
For the Standard-Examiner, that guy is Business Manager Vaughn Jacobsen.
For a change, Vaughn finds himself in the spotlight after recently receiving the Jim Cornwell Award from the Utah Press Association.
The recognition is given annually to individuals who exemplify the dedication and expertise required for a successful news operation.
The namesake of the award was a longtime publisher of the Murray Eagle and played an integral part in the press association.
"Vaughn is very passionate about the role newspapers play in our state and in our local communities," the UPA committee said in presenting Vaughn with the award. "His breadth of knowledge of our industry, his company and community is unsurpassed."
For Vaughn, the ink literally runs through his veins, thanks to his genes. His father studied printing technology at BYU and was a pressman at the Provo Daily Herald before taking a job at the Standard-Examiner when Vaughn was just 9.
Naturally, Vaughn's first job was as a paper boy.
"I guess newspapering is in my blood, some kind of odd transfusion," he said.
Vaughn rose through the ranks at the Standard's circulation department. He left the Standard twice over the years, but returned each time. He became circulation director before moving to the front office to run the business side when the Standard expanded its commercial printing operation and moved into its new facility in Business Depot Ogden.
But Vaughn hasn't limited his activities to the newspaper industry. He has been active in the Davis Arts Council, Friends of Antelope Island, Friends of Utah State Parks, area chambers' legislative affairs committees and the Layton Rotary Club, to name a few volunteer organizations.
He was one of a small group who spearheaded the formation of the Antelope Island Balloon Stampede.
He also helped brainstorm the idea of visiting every state park in Utah in a 24-hour period as part of a promotional campaign.
He and Chris Dallin, McKay-Dee Hospital public relations director, were talking early one morning and the idea came up to do something "crazy" just for fun.
"Before long, we had the idea of visiting all the state parks and started inviting other members to join the craziness," he said. "Together we thought our adventure might be a tool to help Utah State Parks, as they were having a very tough year."
The event, covered by statewide media, was such a success the same group rode ATVs from one end of the state to the other last year.
"We have another adventure cooked up for this year," Vaughn said.
Each adventure is funded privately and designed to spotlight and promote some facet of the state.
Vaughn is known for juggling numerous tasks at the newspaper and being the eyes and ears in the community. He has provided the newsroom with numerous tips.
"The thing I most appreciate about Vaughn is his calm amid the storm," said executive secretary Anne Paul, who works closely with Vaughn. "No matter how much is on his plate and how crazy things get, he always exudes an aura of tranquility. Nothing ruffles him."
JUST FOOLING: There is no mysterious virus striking Utah residents as a precursor to a zombie apocalypse.
J.K. Rowling doesn't plan to write a new Harry Potter book featuring Harry's youngest son.
And there are no plans for an extended sequel series of "Twilight" books.
These were stories generated by our TX. (teen) writers for their April Fools' edition in Monday's paper.
However, some readers thought the stories were real, or at least wanted to make sure they weren't. We received a number of calls from worried readers, particularly related to the zombie virus story. McKay-Dee Hospital, which was mentioned in the faux story, also received some calls.
The articles were under the banner labeled "TX. Enquirer April Fools edition" and some of the readers I talked to admitted seeing that, but still wanted to make sure the stories weren't at least based on something factual.
TELLING OBIT: "I told you I was sick!" That was the header on an obituary this week for Robert Grant Young, who died March 24 at the age of 82.
I guess he wanted to have the last word.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or email@example.com.