Truth is My Sword, Volume II

by Bo Hi Pak

Appendix 6 Robert Morton

Managing Editor of the National Weekly and Internet Editions of The Washington Times; former Editor-in-Chief of The News World (later renamed the New York City Tribune).

Dr. Pak has the gift, like Presidents Reagan and Clinton, of walking into a room and being able to greet by their first names everyone present-- even those he has met only once and not seen in years. But he is able to remember more than names. He seems capable of grasping the unique gifts of those he encounters and reinforcing in his exchanges with them their very reason for existing on this planet. That is one reason why Dr. Pak has been able to readily command the loyalty, even devotion, of those with whom he has worked at The Washington Times and the myriad other projects he has been involved with. His persona never fails to reinforce in his coworkers the knowledge that their value transcends their salary-that they contribute in unique and priceless ways to an undertaking far greater then their own livelihood. In such an environment, labor unions are irrelevant.

The national characters of Korea and America have much in common. The peoples of both nations hate to lose and tend to be intensely competitive. Generally speaking, Koreans and Americans both want to achieve respect and prestige on a global scale, and to earn that status by matching and surpassing the highest standards, both qualitative and quantitative. Dr. Pak has an eye for detail and demands 100 percent of himself and others in most aspects of projects with which he is involved. He also understands that he cannot reach those goals by himself but needs a great "team" to deliver the result. Again, it is this spirit that helped launch The Washington Times and establish it almost immediately as a force to be reckoned with in the nation's capital. Most of the best people at The Times, still to this day, are not working primarily for money but for the indescribable satisfaction that comes from devoting their talents and even their lives to a higher calling.

The image of Dr. Pak that vividly endures in my memory is of him late at night, in his shirt sleeves, leaning over the pages of the prototypes of The Washington Times in the composing room of the newspaper in New York where they were produced. That is where you would find Dr. Pak when he was at any newspaper company-he would be where "the rubber meets the road." Not in the editorial board rooms or the newsroom at deadline time. It is in the composing room where the final fine-tuning takes place. Everyone -photographers, artists, page designers, and editors-was on hand and each one of them contributed to the creation of what has become a great newspaper. They all had an indispensable role to play, and it was Dr. Pak who both encouraged and challenged them to give their best.

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