Stu! Your Hair's on Fire!
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What you won't find in this book: Obama's birth certificate, secrets of the crop circles, how to grow hair without Rogaine, the word "cleavage," plans to replace fossil fuel with gerbil-powered exercise wheels, nor the whereabouts of D.B. Cooper. What you will find, however, are the denizens and doings of the Tucson Citizen, Arizona's oldest, continuously published newspaper, as witnessed during the authors' combined 59 years employment there. Drinkers and bible-beaters, curmudgeons and do-gooders, scofflaws and weirdies -- many talented, all interesting, some unforgettable. A personal friend of Walt Diseny, a "pickaxe cop killer," a CIA-hounded woman who claimed she could move objects with her facial muscles. Animals? Sure -- a chicken-hearted tic-tac-toe hustler. A lizard with a custom-crafted L.L. Bean wardrobe. A talking dog. Plus, corporate bumbling that brought about the Citizen's demise. As a bonus, you'll receive an explanation of the title of this book!... More > Heck, it just don't get much better'n that.< Less
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Apr 30, 2011If you want to find out why life as you see it doesn't seem to fit what you read in the newspapers this book is great place to start. Some of the characters introduced in the book will seem familiar, no matter what your profession. Others are surely unique to the authors' environment. One interesting phenomenon, in reading articles by someone I found myself relating more to the writer than the subject. How do they do that (the authors)? Also, don't think for a moment that you are the only one who notices those stupid headlines, like the following (not found in the book): Man Charged in Murder of Fla. Girl Found in Landfill. They are laughingly scorned by the pros in the business as well and you'll enjoy seeing them spotlighted throughout. You'll be introduced to interesting twists on the terms used by reporters, like “unavoidable for comment”, which give amusing insight into the various and varying situations that occur in the field. Don't look for a bowlderized edition of this book.... More > If you're squeamish about the "gritty" aspects of the newsprint business before the advent of political correctness you may want to confine your reading to the hysterically funny but much lighter fare to found in the musings of EMT's and morticians. This book doesn't purport to answer questions about why the printed news media is declining in this country, although the mention of features vs. news writers may give a clue if you find your local paper no longer contains any of the latter. My own thought, after reading this book, is that the people who made the age of newprint worth our time are a vanishing treasure whose time has passed into a romanticised history, like knights and dragons or cowboys and indians. Stu! is a comfortable read. Like sitting around with an old friend and reminiscing, sharing the piquant and the humorous. At my age that time was for me, as this one is not. Look to Paul and Pete keep it in perspective and to share what the newer generation may never know first hand. One caveat, don't try to read this book while you are in an environment surrounded by quietly laboring coworkers. Trust me. Highly recommended.< Less
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- Paul L. Allen & Peter M. Pegnam (Standard Copyright License)
- April 28, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.71 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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