Famous Lowell newspaper alumni include former Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown Sr., veteran journalist Pierre Salinger and illustrator Rube Goldberg. Today's Lowell staff members are ambitious, too, such as editor Maya Voskoboynikov, who is busy overseeing what may be The Lowell's final issue. Without a student newspaper, she said, "things would be terrible."
Perhaps. But in the end, there may be no Lowell newspaper without Salinger. The former press secretary to President John F. Kennedy was a managing editor at The Lowell from 1940-41. Now a chief foreign correspondent for ABC News in London, he said he may try to help if efforts to save the student paper fail.
So far, interest in salvaging The Lowell has been limited. Officials say two local companies have asked the school how much it would cost to save the newspaper. While a donation might keep The Lowell afloat for a while, the cash-strapped San Francisco Unified School District must make $20 million in budget cuts.