Three things you don’t see anymore


• Stoplight on a corner.

• A Fedora.

• Guy in a suit wearing said Fedora, leaning against said stoplight and reading a newspaper!

Cover of Ry Cooder’s latest. If you’re the least interested in great guitar music — hell, just plain ol’ GOOD music, check it out. My fav track is “John Lee Hooker for President.”

Check it out on Amazon or iTunes.


Remembering 9/11: Select front pages


Here’s some various front pages from the Newseum on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept.11, 2001.

It was interesting to see that some papers made bold design choices, while others choose to re-run familiar photos and some opted to focus on local folks and how they’ve been chaged by the attacks.

Which paper do you think had the best front page?


Head over to the American Copy Editors Society for more P1 9/11 anniversary pages.

Overture, curtain, lights …


You loved the movie, now go see the show! Well, you most likely didn’t like the Hollywood movie — it bombed big time.

If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s a fictionalized account of the Newsboys Strike of 1899. The two-week strike saw the newsies putting their feet down and demanding more money from Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Morning Journal. One of the strike leaders, was a one-eyed youngster nicknamed, and I kid you not, “Kid Blink.”

Can you imagine it? Kids, basically street urchins going up against ruthless publishers and winning! Well, sort of. Read about the strike’s outcome here.

Disney of course slapped a smiley face on the story with plenty of singing and dancing (but no Kid Blink), and now that singing and dancing comes to New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.

The show runs Sept. 15 through Oct.16. If you’re in the Millburn, NJ, area check it out.

Now everyone, it’s sing-along time!

Overture, curtain, lights, 
This is it, the night of nights 
No more rehearsing and nursing our parts 
We know every part by heart 
Overture, curtain, lights 
This is it, we’ll hit the heights 
And oh what heights we’ll hit 
On with the show this is it!

 Oh, here are some real newies here from around the same era.


3 A.M. Sunday, February 23rd, 1908. Newsboys selling on Brooklyn Bridge. Harry Ahrenpreiss, 30 Willet Street. (Said was 13 years old). Abe Gramus. 37 Division Street. Witness Fred McMurray. Location: New York, New York (State)