In November 1998, as I was getting ready to leave the radio news business to join the Chicago Tribune's then-new "breaking news" project, I was asked to brainstorm concepts for what eventually would become Daywatch -- a news blog before "blog" was a word, and, later, an email news briefing.
My suggestions to name the new project -- and my design for logos to match -- didn't make the cut.
But, mainly just because I recently stumbled across the images I mocked up back then, here they are anyway: proof I chose well by opting against a career as a graphic designer.
The idea was that the Tribune would bring you news in realtime -- you know, sort of like a broadcast from the Tribune over the Internet.
But this was before streaming video was a thing, and this idea went nowhere.
Back in 1998, the name "Tower Ticker" -- callback to a Tribune newspaper column of the past and to the wire machines that were going extinct around the same time -- drew snickers from some of the team.
But, ironically, it was eventually resurrected a decade later as the title of another blog: the home of Phil Rosenthal's media reporting.
And that's where, in 2011, Phil broke the news that I was leaving the Tribune to return to radio as news director at the Trib's then-sibling radio station, WGN.
Happily, although it doesn't look like this anymore, Daywatch lives on as a daily email from the Tribune. If you haven't subscribed, you should.