Who is Mae Moo?

Mae Moo, a mysterious identity who divulges the intimate secrets of celebrities and other notable personalities each week, has passed on the following message.

As she surveys the reportage collected under her name, she would like to thank the layout artists and sub-editors who have worked on her over the years. On the layout side they include:

Kritini Udomphol
Nattaya Srisawang
Kanokthip Khunteeraprasert
Piyapan Dissaneewet
Warunwipa Kasempongpanit

Former editor Paul Ruffini, who commissioned the column, said the layout artists who enjoyed Thai entertainment news would lay friendly non-cash wagers with each other as filing date drew near as to what stories the pig was likely to cover each week. They helped make the column a stand-out feature of the page with creative use of design including their own cutouts and graphics. 

On the subbing side, Mae Moo also had her favourites among the Post's foreigner sub-editors. One of the longest serving Mae Moo subs was the late Mark Childs. Others pressed into service over the years include subbing stalwarts Ted Howes, and Rob Vass. 

The name "Mae Moo'' was a gift from the author's partner. The logo depicting Miss Pig with a pink mop on top (front on, and a sultry sideways look, cast over the shoulder) was designed by the Post's layout crew.

The logo, which also adorns this blog, has changed only once over the years: once, a small age ago, when it looked like she might fall victim to the corporate cost-cutter's axe and be carted off to the gilded abattoir where all celebrity pigs go to die, her caring layout crew added a small tear to her eye.

May 9, 2016: Pig faces the axe
By the following week it was gone, as the editor of the day had given her a welcome reprieve. The pig survives, stoic and above all, pink, to this day.

Finally, Mae Moo would like to thank the generous souls in Edition Control, who do far more than pressing the button which sends the pages on the last stage of their journey to the printer.

Former proof-readers in an age when newspapers still held such skills in high regard, Edition Control staff draw on their experience over many years to pore over the text and pick up errors which eluded the subs.

For those readers who still prefer the tactile experience of the printed page, I should mention that these columns look better in the newspaper than they do in digital form. Unfortunately I lack the computer skills to make Mae Moo shine on a blogging platform. However, the Post's website is still a respectable option if readers would rather get their fill of the column there.