Under the firm hands and watchful eyes of its creator, Peter Malhotra, the Mail, voted the Best (news media) in the East for at least the last dozen years, has featured in print and illustration, the happenings world-wide and on the Eastern Seaboard. It has been - and will continue to be - the barometer and pulse of our vibrant city-by-the- sea. Nothing newsworthy and, sometimes even the mundane, has escaped our print media, be it a tribute to members of our revered Royal Family, reports on the relatively turbulent socio-economic times in which we live and, of course, a plethora of sporting events for which Chonburi and the Eastern Seaboard are justly-famous.
From that first day, many moons ago, when I was “press-ganged” on a Pattaya street, by the long-suffering, hard-working and deadly-accurate Executive Editor Dan Dorothy, I too have passed through the “nurturing” stage, though I doubt that I will achieve “adulthood”.
That fateful day, Dan reached down and tapped me on the shoulder: “The boss wants to talk to you,” he said, with a knowing grin. I then moved into my “formative years”, on an endless learning curve. With Peter at the helm and Dan navigating, I have enjoyed many fruitful years at the Mail, reveling in the companionship, challenge and “fame” (notoriety, would be a more appropriate word) as a Pattaya Mail writer and photographer.
Through the columns of this newspaper, I have been able to promote my favourite sport/past-time - yacht-racing, cruising and other marine-related activities - which, I believe, also contributes to a positive image of Pattaya, specifically, and the Kingdom, in general.
May the Pattaya Mail continue to thrive, as Peter passes on the legacy he has created, to sons Tony and Prince. The broad readership base can look forward to more decades of accurate, informative and enjoyable journalism.