Month: August 2019

Just an Acorn

This scrawny little oak on East Schrock, set upon by being transplanted into a harsh environment of concrete and asphalt, moistened only by rainwater that falls into it brick-covered ground surface and snow piles high from plows clearing away the salty coverings on the street still found the energy and purpose to create acorns.

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You won’t read about it in The Vindy

It’s disheartening to be witness to the closing of such a storied newspaper. Youngstown was the first city I traveled to when I came to Ohio with the AP. It stayed a part of my life even after my retirement and the people who worked there are special in telling the story of journalism in the state.

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Papal Selfies and 27 Cases in 1987

Wire service and newspaper photographers covering the Pope’s trip in 1987 shot film. Lots of film. All of it color. Someone had to process the film, make prints, and transmit the photos back to the newspapers or to AP photo editors in New York and Washington. Darkroom duties fell to several groups of AP staffers and stringers who leapfrogged across the country arriving in each city ahead of the Pope and carrying enough darkroom equipment and photo transmitters to quickly process as many as 50 rolls of film at a time and transmit color photos to multiple newspapers at once.

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