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11/25/2012 6:01:00 AM
Editorial Column: Is it hot enough for ya?

Rich Thurlow

Years ago I was working the sports desk on a Nebraska daily. At the time, and I'm sure it's still the same today, sports fans in Western Nebraska loved the Huskers in college football and they loved the Broncos in the NFL. The love of the University of Nebraska was a natural because it was, and still is, the only major college in the state. The love of the Broncos was more about NFL television territories and the fact that Denver was the only pro football team you were guaranteed to see week in and week out.

While that newspaper's focus, like the Miner's, was on local news and sports, we didn't dare miss anything significant when it came to the Broncos. And that was especially true back then, when few households had ESPN and there was no Internet. For many people, the Scotts Bluff Star-Herald was their major source of national news and sports.

One day our normal midnight deadline was disrupted in a major way by a significant adjustment to the press. Me and the other sports guy came to work only hours after going home and threw together what we could for a paper that was going to be printed 18 or so hours before it was be delivered to readers.

A famous NFL quarterback died - it may have been Norm Van Bocklin, but I'm not positive - so that was our lead story. We shipped off our pages to the press, caught up on some stuff and went home.

A few hours later the Indianapolis Colts, having given up on the idea of ever signing their No. 1 pick, traded the rights to quarterback John Elway to the Denver Broncos.

I remember that every Thanksgiving, when the reporters really work hard at coming up with relevant stories for a Thanksgiving Day Miner that was pretty much wrapped up early Tuesday evening, and the Friday Miner that was sent to the press early Wednesay afternoon.

Nothing rising to the level of Elway happened between then and now. As a matter of fact, everything went off without a hitch, unless you consider a regional weather map calling for a high of 91 degrees in Kingman on Nov. 23 a problem.

I prefer to think of it as a collector's item.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: doble entendre.....

it means "two meanings" - you know, like "Master Bates" in Dicken's "Oliver Twist" (even by the 1830's, the term had the same meaning as today, and used in conjunction with the travails of a young waif, well, some historians and others deduce a commentary upon Dickens' moral persuasions). I don't deduce very much of you, Mr. Thurlow. You're not nearly as good as Mr. Dickens. (You may have to start with changing your name)

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

@ Rebecca Brooks

Thurlow doesn't have a degree in journalism or anything else. He brags about having only a high school diploma and tells people not to waste money on college. I've taken him to task for it numerous times. So don't waste your breath. His grammar is a good as it's going to get.

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: it's 91 in my bathtub .....

I think the Daily Miner should have sent you on an all-expense-paid assignment to one of the infamous Black Friday melees across the country. Various websites' descriptions and photos indicate it would have been just a tad more dangerous than, say, Russia Today's newsroom in the Gaza Strip. After all, you wouldn't be looking out for a couple deliberate F-16s overhead, but mobs of your fellow Americans hell-bent upon maxing out their credit lines and rivaling ancient Celts in pursuit of a truly pagan mid-winter festival. Some locales required up to 15 days' camping outside their entrance in order to get priority grab at the Chinese junk. No hot temps, just hot tempers.

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: No Collector's Items Here . . . Yet !

Now, I'm getting the picture . . . let's see if I've got this correct.

For a "Daily" newspaper, your lock-up has a lead of at least two days . . . in other words, a Friday paper gets put mostly to bed by Wednesday.

So, if trends hold fast and "news" staffs continue to get squeezed, then quite likely we could witness the birth of the "Serial Weekly" newspaper . . . right here in good ol' Kingman, AZ.

Every morning we readers will surge with anticipation to a rolling daily recap of last week's news.

You're almost there . . . be the first and I'll hit Ebay with my lead-up collection and rake in a mega-bucks return on my subscription "investment" . . . Right?

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: Rebecca Brooks

What journalism school did you go to? Did you take English? If you had, you would know that you never say,"Me and the other sports guys..." It should have been: The other sports guys and I... This is very poor grammar and editing on the part of this paper. I say this on behalf of all of those who would like to see proper grammar used by those who publish. Teachers around the country have to deal with these issues daily due to the lack of proper usage within our publications and by those who should know better. Our children and their parents deserve better role models.

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