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March-April 2020 memories

The first-Saturday in March Floyd Radio Show is the oldest picture in this batch, followed by weeks of solitary walks off the Blue Ridge Parkway, whimsical experiments with homemade masks, and watching for signs of normalcy. As April ended, I

Posted in 2020, Appalachia, hyperlocal, personal, photography, Radford, Stepno, Virginia

Sunset moon and venus above

Friends liked these shots of mine on Facebook… The poor little smartphone crashed a few times trying to get them… Click either picture for more detail. This post is also an experiment with internet idiosyncrasies. Those two photographs were actually

Posted in 2020, personal, photography, Radford

Remembering a personal Way Station

I just stumbled on a NetFlix press release saying that the late Clifford D. Simak‘s novel Way Station may be a movie someday. That may be just the push I need to go back and re-read it for the first

Posted in comics, editors, fiction, film, Journalism, jpop, Libraries, literature, memories, Newspapers, personal, popular culture, students

Ancient history

Darn. Distracted by making music and shopping for a new car, I missed my own 50th anniversary! I missed two of them, actually. Sometime in late May or early June, 1969, I skipped my graduation ceremony at the University of

Posted in Journalism, Newspapers, personal, The Hartford Courant

Breakfast out…

My favorite local place for breakfast closed a few months ago… And it’s probably my fault for only going there when I had visiting friends, and just not having that many visiting friends. But a former student of mine posted

Posted in memories, personal, Radford, wesleyan

My other damn book(s)… and, belatedly, Beth

In keeping with Dave Winer’s (scripting.com) occasional reminders to write things outside of Facebook, where non-facebookers can read them, and taking inspiration from Stephen T Wishnevsky (wishnevsky.com), I may be writing another book. Its title and contents are evolving, but

Posted in 2018, biography, jheroes, Journalism, Memorial, personal, Stepno, storytelling, WordPress, writing

Analog Newsroom Memories

This started as technostalgia and finally got me to write something I’ve been trying to get around to for a week… On Facebook, Kathryn Lord, a former Hartford Courant colleague posted this photo of our former Mansfield (Storrs) bureau  teletype

Posted in community, Connecticut, Journalism, Newspapers, personal, Stepno, Technology, The Hartford Courant

Gone into the new ether

I found out yesterday that I have lost a friend, just an acquaintance really, but someone whose interests and mine overlapped in this new ethereal world of social media and online research.    Jimbo should have become obsessed with at least

Posted in 2017, biography, Blogging, communication, Memorial, oldtime radio, personal, podcasting, socialnets

Reading Doug Thompson on Veterans Day

Update: Doug’s condition was listed as “good” after 20 days in the hospital, according to a page one story in the Roanoke Times on Dec.2, with a cautionary line that the term is relative, and that he is in need

Posted in communication, community, Floyd, Journalism, personal, photography, Roanoke Times, storytelling

Happy 30th anniversary to my first computer

Harry McCracken, who suffered through being my editor at three different magazines, has written a fascinating history of one of the first “boom, then bust” computer companies: The one I bought my first computer from. In fact, its going bust

Posted in coincidence, Computers, History, Magazines, personal, Technology, wesleyan
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