Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Frostbite Falls Picayune Intelligence

Thanks, everyone, for the comments.

Christopher's description of my part of Maryland as "half West Virginia and half Pennsylvania" reminds me of James Carville's description of Pennsylvania: "Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in the middle."

I'm also pleased to be reminded of Frostbite Falls, Rocky and Bullwinkle's Minnesota homewown. The city leaders of Frostburg insist that our town was named not for its climate but for a family of 19th-century settlers named Frost. At least Frostbite Falls had its own newspaper, the Picayune Intelligence; in Frostburg, we make do with the paper published in nearby Cumberland, the county seat.

My favorite fictional newspaper name was on the old sitcom Green Acres: The Hooterville World Guardian.

The veteran newspaper columnist Bill Maxwell argues that a five-times-a-week column is easier than a once-a-week column, because the former enables you to spread a single column topic over two or three days and do "reader mail" at least one of the days. That I'm already doing "reader mail," as Blog Entry No. 3, is my Claim To Lame for today.

(By the way, Christopher, I think I fixed the Comments function, so that non-Blogger folks can comment, too. Y'all try it and see.)

1 comment:

Brett said...

Does this mean that Greg Frost is going to show up and claim his birthright? Scary thought.