Today’s WORD on Journalism launched sometime in 1995, when an annoyingly enthusiastic journalism professor wanted to force his students to learn how to use something called "E-mail” on what was quaintly called “the World Wide Web.”
Imagine: 20-year-olds being forced into e-communication. They hated it, but their #$%^&*(&^%$#@!! professor sent them quotes about journalism every morning, and chances were good that these would appear on the daily news quiz. Thoreau, Jefferson, Mary Poppins, Let There Be Light.
Today marks the mid-point of the WORD's 19th season. My math skills being approximate at best, let’s say this is 37 semesters X 5 days/week = 2,960.
Well, as my last high school math teacher, Nate Smith, would say, pulling out chunks of his red (buy fast-greying) beard, “That can't be right, Pease!”
But however approximate, the WORD has foisted a bunch of—um—“wisdom” on the unprotected planet since 1995. The WORDmeister appreciates your tolerance, however ill-judged. As my mother always said, there’s no accounting for taste.
Anyway, the WORD and I will take the rest of the semester off to dash the hopes of innocent professors, and then to binge on fruitcake. So this is the —30— on the WORD’s 2013. See you on the flip side (“20-fourteen”? What the hell kind of year is *that*?!).
In the meantime, as that wise young man said, “God bless us, every one.”
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“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard