Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday's open line: The FBI calls and farewell to a friend

Posted By on Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Saturday's open line includes two items of note:

* FBI INTERVIEW: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent 3.5 hours today being interviewed by the FBI in the e-mail investigation. She issued a brief statement saying the appearance was voluntary, she was happy to cooperate and she wouldn't say more because of the ongoing investigation.

* FAREWELL TO A FRIEND:  Many of the newspaper employees, alumni and devotees who visit here will be sad to learn if they haven't already of the death last night at UAMS of Ed Gray, who was 69. We worked together for years at the Arkansas Gazette, where he was a copy editor in the days when copy editors were a large and valued part of news operations. He was a good one. These days, many newspaper chains have pared copy editing considerably and even consolidated operations for multiple papers in editing "centers" far removed from newspapers they serve (far removed, too, from the regional quirks and customs and spellings important for editors to know).  He later was editor of the Sunday Perspective section in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and a dedicated book lover. I remember Ed for his humor, his days as a runner, his intellect, his love of the work of Charles Portis and the time he brought a 5-gallon tub of Haagen-Dazs rum raisin ice cream to a Gazette Christmas pot luck. Of the sad news, he probably would have said, quoting as he often did an oath favored by the Portis character Norwood: "Dog my cats."

click to enlarge ED GRAY: Photo from Facebook friend whom he helped in dog rescue. (I know that's a chicken he's holding.) - FACEBOOK/CASEY CARTER
  • Facebook/Casey Carter
  • ED GRAY: Photo from Facebook friend whom he helped in dog rescue. (I know that's a chicken he's holding.)

Favorite

Comments (27)

Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Architecture lecture: Sheila Kennedy on "soft" design

    Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
  • Petition calls for Jason Rapert Sewage Tanks in Conway

    A tribute is proposed for Conway's state senator Jason Rapert: naming the city's sewage sludge tanks for him. Petitioners see a similarity.
  • Health agency socked with big verdict, Sen. Hutchinson faulted for legal work

    A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
  • Religious right group calls for compromise on damage lawsuit amendment

    The Family Council, the religious right political lobby, has issued a statement urging its followers to oppose the so-called tort reform amendment to limit attorney fees and awards in damage lawsuits.
  • Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

    Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.

Visit Arkansas

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation