A small child might have caught a glimpse of Mike Barker casting the news on local tv years ago. The child grows into an adult and has great grandchildren who might still be watching him. Mr. Barker must have a Dorian Gray in his attic. Just kidding. He isn't really that old, but he has graced our screens off and on for a long time.
Actually it's nice to see a mature person presenting the news. Not that there's anything wrong with the younger ones, but it's good to have Mr. Barker back again. And it's reassuring to know that the tv news presenters may not always have short shelf lives.
The local stations build up their on-air anchors into local celebrities. But when the anchor quits or gets fired, there's hardly any mention of it. And those of us not in the gossip loop are left wondering what happened. Now you see them, now you don't -- like one of those old Soviet photographs where people popped in and out.
The on-screen tv people really should start their own websites independent of their employers so that those of us who see them in our living rooms every night can keep up with their comings and goings, or more specifically, their goings.
Sometimes search engines can dig them up after they leave. See What the heck happened to Glenn Glazer in the Sleepless archives.
In the meantime, welcome back Mr. Barker. You've witnessed a lot of local history, maybe there's a documentary in your future.