Video tells of 125 years’ of buzzing Bee's tech revolution

Jan 12, 2022 at 10:41 am by admin

Forget that the offices of the De Queen Bee aren’t as grand as they were, the aspirations more modest than in 1897.

The Arkansas newspaper – created when the railway reached town – has an anniversary to celebrate, and is doing it in style.

A 93-minute video tells the story – from early days and a disastrous fire, to the challenges of social media and the 2019 closure of the printing office – with archive pictures which will bring back memories for many.

Former editor Billy Ray McKelvy (1984-2002) tells of the aspirations of “computer tech fan” Ray Kimball – Bee publisher for 66 years – illustrating the story with pictures of the “expensive” Compugraphic kit which preceded Mac-based composition, computer-to-plate technology and full colour. Separate sections recall the evolution of advertising and photography.

The Kimball family sold the business to Alabama news publisher Lancaster Corporation in 2007.


or Register to post a comment