Moving On

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—The Obscure Penguin— Before the internet happened I had a different state of mind.  My father was in the Air Force.  As an Air Force brat, I was the perpetual new kid.  I went to eleven different schools growing up.  There were a lot of kids like me, but as a general rule, unless our […]

Farewell To The Photog

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—The Obscure Penguin— Some of the best experiences (and a couple of the worst) I’ve had working in news, have been the time spent with news photographers, or videographers.  In the old days a reporter and photographer would go off to do a story together, a duo with separate functions, but working to achieve the […]

Bicentennial (Part 1, Thumbs Out)

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—The Obscure Penguin— This July 4th will be the 41st anniversary of my journey to see the Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic in Gonzales, Texas, 1976.  I’ve always appreciated the fact I was “on the road,” like Jack Kerouac, on the nation’s bicentennial, the birthday of the Declaration of Independence, and the day began […]

The Value Of Local News

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—The Obscure Penguin— You know after you milk a cow and you let the milk sit, the cream rises to the top.  You’ve probably heard that saying, referring to excellence. Producers have a way to modify that.  They call it homogenization. The fat droplets are emulsified, meaning they mix with the rest of the milk.  […]

Class

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—The Obscure Penguin— I haven’t seen him cruising around in his sporty car lately, but one of my favorite memories of Potter County Judge Arthur Ware is at Teel Bivins’ memorial service at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in 2009. I ran into him outside. It was autumn but the Bivins neighborhood was still green. I’ve […]

The Obscure Penguin

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—The Obscure Penguin— I’m no longer working at ABC 7 but I’m moving toward a situation in which I hope I can make more of an impact on the industry I’ve worked in for a quarter of a century.  That makes it sound longer than “more than twenty years,” right?  That’s the business I’m in.  […]