Former writers to recall Sacramento Union days in panel discussion

Three former writers for the defunct Sacramento Union will speak Sunday at a panel discussion in midtown.

Writers Gloria Glyer, Mike Curran and Pamela Martineau are scheduled to make up a panel that will remember the Union, which folded in 1994. The event is free and open to the public at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Disgruntled compositors from the Sacramento Times and Transcript newspapers established the Sacramento Daily Union on March 19, 1851 under the editorship of Dr. J.F. Morse. The struggling morning daily ended publication in 1994.

The perpetually cash-strapped newspaper fought a pitched battle for readers, going head to head when The Sacramento Bee switched from afternoon publication in 1978 to become a morning newspaper. The competition was fierce, and Union reporters and editors took pride in themselves as a scrappy bunch battling against the better-financed Bee.