- Gary Grossman
Somebody to lean on
A reader, who had recently experienced a significant health setback that affected his ability to work for a living, called last week to request that we report more rigorously on the availability of social services. Tough as times were, he seemed to be preparing for an even bleaker period.
Once upon a bag of chips
Minutes before introducing Little Egypt, who promised to be the sensation of the century at the Chicago world’s fair in 1893, someone told Sol Bloom that the band was tuned up for brassy carnival fanfare and had no music tailored to the act that was about to be unveiled.
Violins on desolation row
Several elected officials in Northumberland County made their first appearance in years on the front of The Daily Item last week in the pointless, humiliating, supplicant role of pleading to keep their pay rate.
Politics and honest work
My first paying job was as a softball chaser for a nighttime industrial league at Lone Palm Stadium. The job was to take off after foul balls that popped behind the backstop or flew over the bleachers, hunt them down wherever they came to rest and return them to the umpire between innings.
Let me explain how I failed.
Seeking a better mouse trap
Reaction to a suggestion here a few weeks back that several Valley chambers of commerce might coalesce for the good of their members and their communities has been whelming. Not over or under, just whelming.
- A tale that wags
- Something to boost about
Always leave 'em wanting more
By the mid to late ‘90s, the contest for “Miss Crustcean” had acquired a retro feel.
Sometimes a strange notion
Aaron Osmond, nephew of entertainers Donny and Marie and one of the many Utah Osmonds, a state senator whose father Virl was not a member of The Osmonds variety act, suggested in his state senate blog that Utah put an end to mandatory public education.
Some bullet points
In the newspaper business, they tell the apocryphal story of an old boy who was publishing in Northwest Georgia when a customer showed up one day with lips pursed, jaw set and fit to be tied over a mistake in her advertisement that had appeared in that morning’s edition.
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