Announcing Richard Haskins as New Editor-in-Chief of The Dentonite

I hope everyone reading this does so with an open mind. Some of these things aren’t easy to admit. There have been some changes at The Dentonite lately. Some of them are even painful to talk about, but I owe it to my city and I owe it to myself to be honest for once in a very long time. I used to believe there was a difference between flat out lying and simply withholding the truth, but now I realize I was wrong. I’ve hurt so many people, and for that I truly am sorry.

First off, as of today, I will begin my reign as the editor-in-chief of The Dentonite. Really, it’s been me the entire time, as “Sara Button” is a fictional character. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

When I first created the character “Sara Button” I didn’t know how far it would go. I know many of you may find this shocking, as it has gotten so out of control. Frankly, she started out very small. When I first created The Dentonite blog, I needed a pen name and I decided to go with something feminine and simple. I mean honestly, who couldn’t tell that “Sara Button” was a made up name? No one is named Sara Button. Eventually, for the sake of making it believable, I created a Facebook account and used stock photos to get by. As her importance to the community became more apparent, drastic measures were taken. My final version of the character has been portrayed very convincingly over the last few years thanks to an actress from Sacramento named Erica Goldsmith. We’ve been flying her out here and paying her for photo shoots and appearances. Don’t believe me? Click Here.

I know I have let so many of you down by getting you to believe in someone and something that was seemingly conjured out of thin air. The Sara Button character has become one of the most beloved and iconic yet equally hated and engagmatic figures in Denton. She has hosted awards shows, done interviews with celebrities, ignored your band's emails, and even written pieces for myriad of award-winning publications. I wanted so badly for her to be real that I was willing to do almost anything to make it happen. I needed Sara Button. You needed Sara Button. We needed to believe, and I’m so happy that so many of you did.

I can’t take Sara Button away from you. Just because she isn’t “real” doesn’t mean she isn’t real. Sara Button is not made of flesh and bone; she’s more like a feeling that you get when something awesome is happening in the music scene. She belongs to all of you. Whenever there is a rad house show happening with a great lineup of bands, you can feel Sara Button in the air, you know, because she goes to so many. Or, at least, that’s how I like to think of it.

In any case, I hope you accept my most sincere apologies if this news affects you deeply. I got caught up and I wanted to believe. I hope you understand. Also, as of this moment, I am resigning as the editor-in-chief of The Dentonite and heading over to run things at Great Denton News.

It feels good to be back.

Richard Haskins

Header image design by Erica Goldsmith

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