The Naisbitt Building
|The Naisbitt Building|
|the Naisbitt Building
The Naisbitt Building is a large newspaper building located in the suburb of Dulston alongside the very northern edge of Malton's quarantine zone. Once one of Malton's largest daily newspapers, the Malton Herald started as small newspaper called the Daily Malton leasing space in the Naisbitt Building. On January 25th, 1929 the newspaper began circulation with approximately 10,000 copies sold. The three founding members of a staff of forty were Marcus Sutherland (owner), Harold Goodman (company president and publisher), and Thomas Smith (managing editor). On September 13th of the same year, the Daily Malton printed its first editorial.
In the 1940s, the Daily Malton moved to adopt an all-news format, and enlisted Nicholas Kline as co-owner. From 1953, the newspaper began to receive additional financial support from the city council. Then, under the leadership of Nicholas, whose brother also happened to be on the city council, the Daily Malton began its steady ascent to city-wide prominence.
On October 1st, 1964, another major newspaper publisher, the Dulston Tribune, merged with the Daily Malton to form a single unified corporation under its current name the Malton Herald. During the restructuring the newspaper management purchased complete ownership of the Naisbitt Building in order to expand their operations. Then on April 1st, 1976 locally renowned writer Herbert Rosland, then 41, resigned his teaching positions at Ridleybank University to join the Malton Herald. This was soon after the publication of his popular novels I Am a Cat and East of Boundwood, which made him the center of attention throughout Malton's literary community.
In 1979, a series of riots broke out in East Boundwood attributed to members of a radical liberation group calling itself the "Cats Rioting Against the Proletariat" ("C.R.A.P", or very possibly "N.A.M.B.L.A"). Many undocumented claims stated that the group had been heavily influenced by Herbert Rosland's books about cats as furry people and how East Boundwood should be burned to the ground, but the author distanced himself from the group stating it was never his intention to instigate any anti-establishment action. Instead it was due to the newspaper's critical stance towards how the riots were handled by police that the Malton Herald was punished. The city council acted swiftly to suppress any such articles in the Malton Herald, and when management complied rather than face legal action, it led to the resignation of many of the Malton Herald's staff reporters in protest.
After the "Malton Incident" the newspaper's staff were evacuated and the building's printing presses shut down. Long-term tenants choosing to dwell in the Naisbitt Building are, more often than not, considered well read and decidedly liberal in their views on key issues such as zombie rights, murderer executions, and the exact nature of Malton's military quarantine. These survivors are also known to commonly peruse the vast collection of old archival newsprint stored within the building's basement.
Noted NecroTech scientist, Caleb Usher, has been spotted perusing the stacks of the newspaper's editorial archive from time to time. As one might expect of the well-read scientist, Caleb's interests often lead him to delve deep into Malton's past in order to uncover the answers he seeks. What few survivors know little about though is the exact nature of the question he seeks to answer.
Survivors seeking refuge in this building may seek assistance and protection from other nearby buildings, such as:
- Oake Walk PD (93,0)
- Clewett Alley PD (95,0)
- Anne General Hospital (96,2)
- The Bridgman Building (91,2)
This building must never be more than Very Strongly (VS+2) barricaded. This barricade level has been set forth in the Dulston Optimal Defense Diagram, a strategic barricade policy that is enforced by all member groups of the Dulston Alliance. This building's purpose is to serve as an access point for all survivors and a safehouse for inexperienced survivors who do not possess the Free Running skill. Visitors are requested to never barricade beyond Very Strongly unless the building is currently under siege from 5 or more zombies. Note that any survivors associated with the Dulston Alliance have the right to lower the barricades back to Very Strongly if they discover them raised higher without just cause.
May 4th, 2008 - The Naisbitt Building becomes the official printing house of the Dulston Dispatch, Dulston's first post-quarantine, and only, newspaper!
February 3rd, 2007 - The Shamblin' Crooners returned to the Naisbitt Building, making it the fourth stop in their new SHAMBLIN' CROONERS APOCALYPSE tour. Dulston survivors heard a lot more angst in the zombie tunes as they sang heavier music including Metal, Grunge, and of course Death Metal.
March 29th, 2006 - The Shamblin' Crooners made their usual grand entrance and entertained everyone inside with their famous "break-in & concert" style of zombie rock. Some humans were eaten. Some zombies were shot. Bottom line, everyone had fun. Rock on Crooners, rock on...
March 9th, 2006 - The Cannonball Run has selected the Naisbitt Building as its start point in this infamous survivor hunting race.