Where is Dotty Griffith?

First, DMN dining critic Dotty Griffith retires from the food-writing biz. Then Mark Stuertz leaves the Dallas Observer. Hmm, that make me the only card-carrying AARP member covering the dining scene around here. But, as usual, I digress. Several foodies have asked me about Ms. Griffith. I hate to tell you this–she’s happy. Ding, dang if she doesn’t have a real grown-up girl job. In Austin. Here is her official reply:

On Monday, June 16, I begin a very exciting new career as Public Education Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. After 38 years in Dallas, I’m returning to Austin where I studied at the University of Texas. I retired from the Dallas Morning News in 2006 after 36 years as a reporter, editor and restaurant critic.

Thirty six years at one job? That is impressive. How many of you have been working in the same place that long. (Better question: How many of you are even 36-years old?) I’m in my 12th year here at D and I feel like I’m just getting the hang of it. Guess it’s time for me to Ranch Up! for another 24 years. Stay with me here. And say hi to Dotty.

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