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Late Edition: A Love Story

by Bob Greene

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Bob Greene was one of those lucky people who knew from a young age what he wanted to be when he grew up: a newspaper reporter. And he couldn’t have picked a better time to have grown up with that dream than the 1960s and 1970s. Late Edition is the story of how he began his career in journalism working Columbus (Ohio) Citizen-Journal.

His first article submission (unsuccessful as it turned out) was in November 1963, when he wrote a remembrance of a particular high-school day, the day JFK was shot. He persisted, and eventually was hired for summer work, first as a copy-boy, then a sports writer, then a general assignment reporter. Eventually, he graduated from Northwestern University, was hired by the Chicago Tribune, and became, at age 23, a columnist for the Trib: a decided over-achiever.

But it’s his early days in Columbus that are the focus of Late Edition – and it’s definitely a “Love Story” as the subtitle suggests. Urged, as a future journalist, to keep a journal of his experiences and thoughts, he mines that material for an incredibly detailed story of clattering typewriters, ink-stained printers in paper hats and cigarette smoke: the sights, sounds and smells of a newsroom that doesn’t exist except in memory these days.

Bob Greene is not the world’s most concise writer, and he seems to go over much of the same territory more than once. But he recreates the feel of another era, a nostalgic look back at what was, a remembrance of the day when every family subscribed to at least one newspaper. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312375301, Hardcover)

A loving and laughter-filled trip back to a lost American time when the newspaper business was the happiest game in town.

In a warm, affectionate true-life tale, New York Times bestselling author Bob Greene (When We Get to Surf City, Duty, Once Upon a Town) travels back to a place where—when little more than a boy—he had the grand good luck to find himself surrounded by a brotherhood and sisterhood of wayward misfits who, on the mezzanine of a Midwestern building, put out a daily newspaper that didn't even know it had already started to die.

“In some American cities,” Greene writes, “famous journalists at mighty and world-renowned papers changed the course of history with their reporting.”  But at the Columbus Citizen-Journal, there was a willful rejection of grandeur—these were overworked reporters and snazzy sportswriters, nerve-frazzled editors and insult-spewing photographers, who found pure joy in the fact that, each morning, they awakened to realize: “I get to go down to the paper again.”

At least that is how it seemed in the eyes of the novice copyboy who saw romance in every grungy pastepot, a symphony in the song of every creaking typewriter.  With current-day developments in the American newspaper industry so grim and dreary, Late Edition is a Valentine to an era that was gleefully cocky and seemingly free from care, a wonderful story as bracing and welcome as the sound of a rolled-up paper thumping onto the front stoop just after dawn.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:13 -0400)

"In a warm, affectionate true-life tale, New York Times bestselling author Bob Greene (When We Get to Surf City, Duty, Once Upon a Town) travels back to a place where--when little more than a boy--he had the grand good luck to find himself surrounded by a brotherhood and sisterhood of wayward misfits who, on the mezzanine of a Midwestern building, put out a daily newspaper that didn't even know it had already started to die. "In some American cities," Greene writes, "famous journalists at mighty and world-renowned papers changed the course of history with their reporting." But at the Columbus Citizen-Journal, there was a willful rejection of grandeur--these were overworked reporters and snazzy sportswriters, nerve-frazzled editors and insult-spewing photographers, who found pure joy in the fact that, each morning, they awakened to realize: "I get to go down to the paper again today""--Jacket.… (more)

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