Alan Small was named the editor of the Free Press’s Arts and Life section in January 2013 after almost 15 years at the paper in a variety of editing roles.
In his day, he’s hit a hole-in-one, been berated by Bobby Hull during an interview and once personally delivered a copy of the Free Press TV book to an angry subscriber he couldn’t get off the phone.
Alan grew up on a farm near Radway, Alta., population 200, and left the farm life and agriculture studies behind in 1988 to try his hand at newspapers. Reporting sent him to all corners of Alberta until 1997, when he moved to Winnipeg.
Away from work, you might bump into Alan at trivia contests, where his inch-deep knowledge of almost any subject proves to be a valuable asset. If you picked a random song from his iPhone, chances are it would be one by Bob Dylan, as he has seen 28 of Dylan’s concerts in five different countries, and will likely plan some of next year’s holidays around Dylan’s touring schedule.
He decided to return to school in 2001, taking classes at the U of M during the day while working on the copy desk in the evening. By 2006, he had an arts degree, and like many graduates, wonders how he’ll put a German major/film studies minor to good use.
Well, there’s always tomorrow...