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Miz S

What a great snapshot of an era.

I was always jealous that you had such a cool January project. But why did I not know that you went to a White House press conference and saw President Nixon?


Great post! I was just thinking yesterday how many journalists did a much better job researching and reporting back during the Vietnam years. What a great job you had! Thanks so much for sharing that!


I was just out to lunch with some folks and we were talking about the Lou Grant Show, back in the late 70s, early 80s. When the show first began, the reporters were still using typewriters, but at some point they made the transition to computers and the newsroom got a lot quieter.

That sounds like some exciting job you had! About the same time I had a much less prestigious gig at a Silver Spring newspaper where I sat next to a machine that transformed perforated tapes into printed stories, and my job was to take the story pages off the machine before they stuck together; I remember them as being sort of damp, like a fresh photographic print. Once in awhile I set headlines, using a machine something like a typewriter, that physically perforated similar tapes, which I would then run through the same machine. The layout people had to actually paste this stuff onto big flat sheets. It was all so laborious compared to how it's done now!

Great post and great memories; too bad Apple died so young. He was truly one of the gifted.


ah... what a difference a few decades makes!
i work in a newsroom now, and if i didn't work with two of my best friends in the whole world, it would be such a dull, quiet, monastical room
luckily, we all have big mouths and love to talk and scream
thanks very much for this snapshot in time julie!
what a great experience you had, and boy am i gonna miss johnny apple!


What a cool story!

FYI, I gave your blog address to some women I work with at the soup kitchen. They are really looking foward to reading about your dinners and recipes.


interesting history and well told. thanks!


I was a fan, and have always looked for his articles.I'll be missing him. Awfully and sadly young, my goodness.

I really enjoyed your story.Like so many things these days, it makes me feel that a lot of things have gotten worse since a time when many of us actually believed that things were going to get changed radically, for the better.

In particular,media-wise, political journalism and mainstream popular music bring out the cranky codger in me. Both seem so much less brave and interesting than they were then.I don't know how much of this to attribute to my own grumpiness. Probably a pretty fair portion.


did you see the calvin trillin profile?


Loved your post and the reminder of how much more energy and passion we all had in the 70's. We all lived life as if it mattered.

Not to change the subject, but isn't it about time for more dog pics?

the bee

I was hypnotized by his big wide tie. the 70's were fun but our clothes were tragic . Does anyone else who reads this blog feel that Julie is like Phoebe from friends?
She is a mystery with exciting life stories still to be told.
Keep writing ....


the bee's got a point.That hair is tragic also. If you check out the old pictures, it seems like the mens' clothing was way worse than the women's stuff. Much of the womens' stuff looks like it could pass today. There was nothing for us approaching the awfulness of leisure suits, or platforms on guys.


What a wonderful story, and it sounds like such a rich experience. I love the idea that copy boys were almost like a human internet connection, running messages back and forth in a newspaper's office.


What's a typewriter? You should meet my nephew Kenny, going into journalism now. Let's have second careers all around.


Miz S, I'm modest. I didn't want to flaunt my time with Nixon.

Sher, my own theory about this is that news organizations seem to have become increasingly corporate and increasingly about the bottom line and less willing to take on big targets or unpopular causes.

Rebecca, the amount of work that used to go into putting out an edition of a newspaper is mind boggling -- all that type laid out by hand just amazes me.

ann, that newsroom was a very noisy place but the part of the office that I remember as the most constantly noisy was the room where the teletype operators worked. Strange how quiet newsrooms have become.

angela, thanks!

Lindy, I don't see it as much in music -- U2 comes immediately to mind -- but I definitely see it in journalism. The world is a more corporate place.

Nicola, I had not seen that. Great reading. Thanks.

yt, it is time for more dog pix! Only because the scenery is changing because I've noticed that's the only thing that ever really looks different in my dog pictures.

Bets, the clothes were oh, so tragic! And that tie is enormous.

Lindy, the haircuts! Really not flattering. And you're right, the men's clothes were much worse than the women's.

Anne, it was definitely a different era.

Joe, cool! Sounds like a good career choice for Kenny.

Lisa (Homesick Texan)

What a wonderful story!


I am so glad there are no rules for food blogs.
Thanks for the memory!!! Great story.

Thomas of Baltimore (Formerly Seattle Lurker)

This is a superbly written entry which perfectly showcases the the "voice" of your writing.

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