- Gary Grossman
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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.
A bypass too far
Let’s face it. Veterans Memorial Bridge is designed to kill people on both ends and in the middle and the fact that so few die represents the triumph of human courtesy, caution and quickness over civil engineering.
No more tomatoes with gams
From affirmative action and voting rights to traditional marriage, the week started with a range of possibilities for the Supremes to set new rules in the name of love. The week ended with both Paula Deen and Al Sharpton wondering if their minutes upon the stage were ticking down.
Hard to argue that
It was, once upon a time, the fashion in some newspapers to write scathing editorials. Crusty, cynical, hard-bitten and world-weary is the ironic pose for inexperience.
The shooter's regrets
One afternoon some time after a homicide in Selinsgrove, a man charged with the shooting death asked us to get a message to the family of the deceased, explaining that he was most regretful for what happened to their son.
The Big Swoop
When they got to speeches in February last year, Gov. Tom Corbett and Brian Bolus were on a first name basis, or at least the governor was as he plugged the gumption-to-riches Life of Brian into his administration’s fracking-friendly narrative.
Nice never hurts II
One night in 1973, the national board of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks decided it would be okay if some of the Elks were black. I was told to localize the story.
Have fun, on purpose
In April last year, I may have been hanging around your playground with a camera, but it was not what you (who live in troubled times) might suspect. My wife and I were on the photographic world tour of local playgrounds.
Asparagus on wheels
During the embryonic years for Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, the Tunkhannock Township supervisors met at Mrs. Isaac Henning’s kitchen table and the newspaper reporters sat, within hearing range, stacked on the stairs to the second floor.
Unruffled listening is an art
One of our reader board members was a medical administrator from a hospital affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian who was accustomed to exceeding high standards in an institution with deep pockets to support a tradition of excellence.
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