Our dedication hasn’t changed

We have history here at The Cabinet, some of it about things important, some of it about things that are not important but still part of our history.

For many years we could find that history in our bound volumes – large brown or black books containing sixth months worth of Cabinets or, for older issues that were fewer pages, books that would contain a full year. Some of the books date back to the 1800s. Some of those are falling apart. Age wears upon books as well as people.

The Cabinet stopped binding copies of the paper more than 10 years ago, apparently the theory being that most things ended up on the Internet anyway. Perhaps there’s something to that, but only to a certain extent.

For instance, would a Cabinet ad for our Ugly Dog Contest be on the Internet? Unlikely. Yet if one were looking on Page 25 of the issue of July 24, 1991, there it would be. Indeed, because that bound volume is still in fine shape, there it is. It is an ad for the second annual such contest in which we announce that Arthur, an Amherst dog that won the first contest, would defend his title and encouraging other owners of ugly dogs to challenge him. You might be wondering if anyone did. We wonder, too, and hope to find out as we continue with our weekly history column, Thumbing the Files.

Many things have changed at The Cabinet and another change is coming. One thing hasn’t changed: the commitment of The Cabinet’s staff to our community and to our eternal quest to answer such questions as, Did Arthur win again?

We know Arthur is no longer with us. Even had he been a pup in 1991, it’s impossible that he’s still alive. But perhaps his owners are still in the area and we’d love to hear about Arthur again.

Ugly he might have been – oh, heck, ugly he was – but he was loved and those of us involved with The Cabinet and it’s Ugly Dog Contest, certainly admired him for his … well, award-winning face would perhaps be the best way to put it.