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A friend who works at an East Coast newspaper called the day after the election and mentioned that every copy was sold out all around town. They had printed up 20,000 more copies of the daily paper than usual, and even that hadn’t been enough. Many people, it seemed, wanted a keepsake.
I sarcastically joked to him, “Oh, you mean, they wanted a REAL newspaper? They didn’t just call up the stories on the Internet? How about that _ newspapers still have some use after all.”
Considering the freefall that newspapers are in now, it was a bittersweet reminder that something being “on paper” hasn’t lost all its importance in our electronic world.
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Well, not exactly. But it is odd. Tuesday, I found myself thinking about Josephine the Plumber, the pitchwoman for Comet cleanser.
I’m not sure why. Sometimes, you can be thinking about the strangest things and then, if you take the time, you will connect the dots back to how you got there. But I don’t really know for sure about Josephine. Maybe it was because I saw that Kohler commercial where the guy sees that incredibly good-looking woman plumber going into his building, and he runs to his bathroom to try to clog up the toilet by flushing everything he can find. Perhaps that made me think of Josephine.
Or maybe it was something else. Maybe it was nothing. All I know for sure is I thought about her … and then Wednesday night, “Joe the Plumber” became the big celebrity of the presidential debate.
Earlier in the day, I’d had lunch with “Joe the Sports Columnist” … my good pal Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star, who in recent days has showed me how to use my new Mac, encouraged me to start this blog, helped me set it up and even linked to it from his very successful blog.
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