Category Archives: Just a Thought

A Deadline Every Minute (Deadline Larry)

 
I worked for United Press International and for several major newspapers.  All newspapers have deadlines and all reporters have to learn how to deal with the pressure of getting the information, organizing it into inverted pyramid news style, writing it and getting it in to the editors on deadline.  When one is in Buenos Aires (the BS bureau of United Press International) and you get a coup or an earthquake, you have a “Deadline Every Minute,” (there’s even a book with that title that is the history of United Press) because somewhere in the world there’s a newspaper ready to go to press and UPI is a worldwide news service.  After some early goof ups, I became a pretty good “write a good story on the fly” correspondent for UPI in Buenos Aires.
I got the UPI job in Buenos Aires (where I was a graduate student on a scholarship) because I had—as a freelance—Interviewed Adoph Eichmann’s wife and son a few weeks after the Israelis had kidnapped Eichmann from Argentine where he had been hiding out since WWII.  I submitted the story as a free lance to UPI. They didn’t buy the story.  But a few weeks later a position opened up in the Buenos Aires bureau and NY HQ told Bs.As. Bureau to hire me.

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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What’s Your 10 ?

Hello, All

Just a random thought from an ol’ geezer of a humor writer: If you are on a shortwave radio with someone you consider to be a half wit, do you seek the person’s current location by asking: “What’s your 10?”?

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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Give It Your Best

Hay que entregar la major información

Con todos sus elementos sin ocultar nada”

Jorge Joury, Argentine journalist, quoted in Teodulo Dominguez, Entre Periodistas, Editora Nieves, La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Republica Argentina, 1993, page 143.

“You have to give the best information With all its elements without hiding anything.”

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

Sure

The Word was:

So this guy thinks he’s big stuff when it comes to the English language. He goes around regaling people with his acumen. He meets a kind of dumb looking guy at a cocktail party and, after suitable time for warm up, the “intellectual” gets down to language training on the guy.

He asks: “Do you know that sumac is the only word in the English language that has a “sh” sound that is spelled with “su”?

The dumb looking guy replies: “Sure.”

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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Relaxing With A Cool One

RELAXING WITH A COOL ONE

“I’m a simple man.  I don’t ask for much.  Give me a nice comfortable chair, a cool breeze, a ball game on the radio, and an ice-cold beer, and I couldn’t be happier.”

George Wendt, in the introduction to Drinking with George, a barstool professional’s guide to beer.

 

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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A History of Skis

“After the last ice age, Stone Age hunters began strapping long pieces of wood to their feet to travel farther and faster over snow in pursuit of the game that flourished across Europe and Asia.”

“A History of Skis,” Mark Jenkins, National Geographic , December, 2013, Page 92.

 

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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Here Are Some Toasts (With Root Beer)

TO THE PRESS:

“Here’s to the press: Truth publishe with honest motives and not for profitable ends.”

“Liberty to the press and success t5o its defenders.”

“May the liberty of the press never lack bold defenders.”

TO WISDOM:

“May we have the unspeakable good fortune to win a true heart and the merit to keep it>”

“May we never speak to decesive, nor listen to betray.”

From the Book of Toasts Philadelphia, David McKay, Washington Square, Edited by Paul E. Lowe, Ph.D. no date laisted.

 

Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co

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