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Re: “An adopted Arkie looks at 45 years

Re-reading that lengthening list of top-notch journalists -- both wordsmiths AND professional shooters -- makes me proud to have worked in a modest way alongside many dedicated Fourth Estate veterans. Nowadays they're labeled, maligned, disparaged -- painted with a broad brush by a few U.S. leaders -- as "enemies of the people." Outrageous! I count it an honor once to have numbered among their ranks, especially now that many have typed the final "30" at the end of their laudable news-gathering careers. Lucky for us, Max and a few others prove indefatigable! We're all in Good Company -- not just the Cronkites, Woodwards and Bernsteins, but also such icons as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. They knew Something, at the old Daily Planet, about Truth Justice and the American way! Just hope the honorable Profession can outlast and survive all the pathetic pejoratives now being hurled daily in its direction.

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Posted by Jerry Dean on 01/29/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “An adopted Arkie looks at 45 years

Excellent, nostalgia-laden column, Max! Struck many resonant chords here! I recall covering a Jax City Council meet, as friendly news rivals, when Mayor Jim Reid named T.R. Jax Police Chief. So pleased you and I wound up working the "same side of Main Street" after my '79 switch! Enjoyed our association, especially joint efforts to find newsworthy stories those Sundays we worked together... and later as proud member of your Hot Dog Desk! Recall working alongside good folks like Lamar James, Doug Smith and Willie Green. Miss it! Those were some good years til '91 fiasco! Fondly recall the "sendoff" lunch we had with Dave Kern at the NLR Hilton, now Wyndham. I regretted leaving my hometown but, in retrospect, proved such a good move for me! Fondly recall Ellen, too, from when she clerked for Tom Eisele an I covered Democrat federal beat. Enjoyed your stories about a very young Martha, asking who "Max" and "Norm" were on car's A/C settings dial! Wish you all well. Thanks for summoning up the truly fond memories. Keep the Faith!

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Posted by Jerry Dean on 01/28/2018 at 8:30 AM

Re: “End of an era? UPDATE

BTW, I believe that "burger joint" referred to above, in the 6100 block of West Markham, was Sandy's Drive-in, once opposite Park Plaza mall and adjacent to Ruebel Funeral Home. It was extremely popular, 1960s, with teenagers from Hall High and Catholic High Schools, just NW of there....

Posted by Jerry Dean on 12/12/2017 at 6:22 AM

Re: “End of an era? UPDATE

The Bennigan's at Markham & University was preceded at that site by the old Little Rock Ginning Co., and by the excellent AQ Embers restaurant. Bennigan's was known for fires, so its aficionados sometimes affectionately called it Burn-Agains.

Posted by Jerry Dean on 12/12/2017 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Boys State goes for Trump in a landslide

Only my friend and erstwhile newsroom colleague, Max, would have the cajones to enter that lions' den of kneejerk reactionaries and second-generation wingnuts, bearing aloft a torch of political Enlightenment. I much admire the Maxie Moxie he showed. But I fear any remedial education in that hall would be an Exercise in Futility, so thorough has been their teenaged indoctrination. If this is typical of where bright, young minds now are headed in this country, I weep for our future as a nation. My sons are daughters are reared with all their anti-Trump innoculations, and at least, I may be grateful for that!

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Posted by Jerry Dean on 06/01/2016 at 7:22 AM

Re: “In passing: James Merriweather, newsman

When MACE and I were friendly rivals, working for opposing newspaper war papers, we both were assigned to try and infiltrate a heated Leadership meeting of the Teamsters Local off Sixty-fifth Street. We both managed to get into the closed meeting, but the Local had no African-American members. So James was fingered and firmly evicted. I managed to duck the sergeant-at-arms and stay to take notes for a story on the meeting. Mercifully, he did not "rat me out." He had such a great sense of humor, we later laughed about the episode as friends. Later, we became newsroom colleagues. Always admired his spirit and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed....

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Posted by Jerry Dean on 01/25/2016 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Stop the presses: Cordell's potato and chicken salads are back

That theatre on Beech St (not yet Beechwood Ave.) was the old Prospect, named for the avenue that had streetcar lines before it was renamed Kavanaugh. After theatre closed, 1952, it became state's first TV studio, KRTV which was a UHF Channel 17. It operated this for a year, just south of Churchman-Gill-Rhea Drugs until KATV Ch. 7, a VHF stn., bought its studio. Erected that 800-plus-foot tall tower everyone was certain soon would topple into their houses. It didn't and, in 1965, KATV built the 2,000-foot tower nar Redfield for its antenna. Took down the Hillcrest "stick." KATV operated in Hillcrest until a mysterious fire on Halloween night 1957 destroyed the studio, adjacent to the old wooden Safeway on Kavanaugh. KATV moved to Worthen Bank Bldg. at 4th & Main, and Safeway bult a new store at Woodlawn and Beech. That store later became a Harvst Foods and finally a Kroger after several remodelings. The old Prospect, Treet's Café and the KRYV/KATV studio once stood where Kroger's north pkg lot is now!

Posted by Jerry Dean on 01/25/2015 at 7:42 PM

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