For the right bid, you can get your hands on a piece of newsroom history to help count down the final seconds of tax season.
The Tracy Press is putting up for auction its venerable newsroom clock, which has watched generations of journalists record the city’s first draft of history.
Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy, a nonprofit that provides after-school, academic and athletic resources to students who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
The timepiece — actually five separate dials handsomely encased in wood — shows the time in Tracy, Honolulu, New York, Paris and Tokyo.
For years, it allowed editors and reporters to quickly take note of the time in far-flung bureaus, giving an international flair to a newsroom situated at one of California’s true crossroads.
But like any newsroom veteran, over the years the clocks have acquired their own quirks.
For starters, none tells the correct time.
Though the clocks for Tracy, Honolulu, New York and Tokyo all move, they seem to march to the beat of their own drummers.
Meanwhile, Parisians seem to be living life backward, as that city’s clock ticks steadily counterclockwise. (Leave it to the French.)
Though it needs a little love and care, the clock is a Tracy Press original and a piece of the city’s history.
We’re hoping it finds a good home and helps a good cause.
Bidding on the once-and-future time teller opens at $200, put up by Publisher Will Fleet.
The Press will accept other bids for the charity auction in $50 increments until 5 p.m. April 12.
Send your best offer to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Will Fleet, 145 W. 10th St., Tracy, CA 95376.