Sir, your website is looking good and your observations are on the mark. I never heard of you before this endeavor. I’m glad that someone is finally offering you exposure. Finally, your biography is quite impressive; particularly the facts about your wife and daughter. Keep up the good work and maybe some day a news outlet like Newsday will offer you a part-time position covering high schools in Syosset.
best/ A Midwestern admirer
Thank you. (I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet, so I didn’t see your comment for a long time.) I also am getting comments from people wanting to boost hits on the site. Jordan told me to trash them. Anyway, I’m up to three readers. (All people I told about this thing).
By the way, I won’t gloat about Missouri’s victory over your employer.
Just read the Cuba piece. Terrific. Welcome back to Newsday–on your terms.
Hey! A reader! Another reason to keep entertaining myself with this website.
John, love your writing. You should be the speech writer for our Presidents! I look forward to reading more of your comments.
Thanks for the kind words. I’m going to keep doing this until I get it right…..
your stuff is good … can you find a larger outlet? … bleacher report or sports on earth?
just a thought … talk to you soon/ j
I am enjoying all of your recent pieces John!!
Looking forward to more!
John: Just saw the pix of you seated next to Thomas Jefferson. Don’t they wear socks at Mizz-ou? I think you can find a pair at the University Bookstore in Madison — one red one, one white one. You’ll have to figure out which goes on which foot. Keep up the good fight.
In OUR bookstore, they sell books. Not clothes.
Great to hear from you. Say hello to Pinelawn Road for me.
John tonight there was a post on my Facebook page that brought a smile to my face. It was a story that you wrote on Rob Evans posted by Danny Cutright. I graduated in the class of ’63 and married Dollene Box class of ’65. Those days at Hobbs High and the night at Tasker Arena were some of the best days of my life. You have a great one the rest of yours.
Thanks for the note. I have gotten a surprising number of responses from old Hobbs High classmates about the post. That, I suspect, is an indication of their own good memories of those days and of our classy colleagues such as Robert Evans.
I’m about to risk posting the (unlucky ?) 13th of these “Thoughts on Contact”, with the following 3 questions
1. What is the (secret ?) relationship between you and “midwesterner admirer” Jay Weiner ?
2. Since you’ve had a “BRUSH with the Pulitzer Prize”, would you be willing to offer some writing advice to someone like me who’s (not “whose” !) never even had a “BRISTLE” ?
3. Could you give me some pointers which might have gotten some of my 9,000 Rants—which were passively “rejected” by Newsday Sports over just the past (not “passed”!) four-and-a-half years— accepted and published in the daily paper ?
1. Jay Weiner is one of my oldest friends, a former Newsday colleague who went on to great things as a reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and now is the speechwriter for the president of the University of Minnesota. Jay is a wise-acre and his comment was typical satiric stuff, sent to me right after I created this website.
2. There really was a web page on the 1997 Pulitzer that reproduced my story that was part of a special section Newsday produced on the Flight 800 crash, because that section was part of the work cited by the Pulitzer committee. At one point, Newsday arranged for a photograph of all of the staffers who wrote something connected that that Pulitzer, though I’ve never seen the photo and I certainly didn’t get any money that is awarded to Pulitzer winners. Also, there was an error edited into my story by a Newsday desk guy who thought he knew more about the Atlanta Olympic security operation than what I reported. Just another example of how many things can go wrong in the newspapers business.
3. I learned decades ago that I cannot speak for editorial decisions made at Newsday. And, if fact, I almost never know exactly who made those decisions.
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