Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Adventures of Newspaperman

While watching the 1st season "Superman" tv series DVD, a kid that was in the room asked me "why were newspapers such a big deal?" To which I robotically responded "newspapers in the 30s 40s and 50s were like the internet today" and then I thought to myself "my gosh, that's right!" In Albany NY alone, you could buy a fresh edition of the Times Union or Knickerbocker News almost 24/7. If the auto industry was America's backbone, newspapers were its blood. Newspapermen commanded respect: even guys like my Uncle George (typesetter) and Cousin Bill (ran the presses). The beginnings of today's newspaper troubles can be traced back to the day the Knick and many other evening papers were forced to cease publication. As time passed, the morning papers began to struggle. Now, it looks as if the internet may be the final nail in newsprint's coffin. I'll paraphrase another famous Pete Seeger song: "there's a time for everything" and maybe the newspaperman's time has come and gone.

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