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I was on the phone trading "war stories" with author and veteran journalist Alecia Swasy - a longtime friend - the other night. And we found ourselves talking about my days with Gannett Co. (NYSE: GCI) newspapers on the Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE: KODK) beat - when I got to chronicle the early death throes of a once-iconic American company.
My time on the beat began in the summer of 1993, when the company fired CEO Kay R. Whitmore, a chemical engineer and career Kodaker who'd risen through the ranks to take the top spot at the film giant...
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