October Questions In My October Years

If you had the misfortune of teaching journalism, what would you tell students about the fallacious label of “BREAKING NEWS” so pervasive on TV now? Would your comments contain many words beginning with “s” and “f”?

If two hours after you’ve showered and shaved…

After Donald J. Trump won re-election in 2020, he set out to implement his agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1st. Never a fan of long meetings or intelligence summaries that required many minutes to read (“many” defined by his top aides as…

The Otter Box Defender And I

I am not handy. You have to be patient to be handy. I am not patient.

Nicholas, our grandson, who claims to be 32 years old, and his wife, Shirley, insisted on buying me a new mini iPad for Father’s Day. Nicholas had given…

MY DAYS AS A FRATERNITY BROTHER

(My mom’s mom is the only grandparent I really knew. She lived down the block from us, and when my parents moved just before my senior year in high school it was decided I would live with Charity Melissa Thornton Smith Alexander, my grandmother…

At 83 my memory isn’t as sharp as I thought it once was. (Or even twice was.) I recently got a Facebook Friend request from someone whose name sounded familiar from a newsroom I worked in decades ago. Soon after I said “yes” to the request I received a “how’s-it-going?”…

Irene, my wife, turned 83 in April and, feeling bold after being fully vaccinated, we went to the Berkshires for one night. We stayed at a small bed and breakfast, so small there were only two units for rent. It was dark when we came back from dinner, and, thanks…

NOTE TO CNN

February 29, 2020

As you know you’re next up in the Democratic debate derby, and here are a few suggestions for a drastic change in format for the March 15th event:

Proposal #1 — Eliminate the moderators. They (at least the CBS News crew) seem incapable of…

Larry McCoy

Retired newsman, author of “Grandma Told Me Never to Believe Anything Grandpa Says” to be published by Covenant Books in 2019. It will be his third book.

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