Posted by: cassymuronaka | January 23, 2009

This month’s guest speaker

One of the primary goals of any editor in any newspaper office is to keep at bay members of the public whose marbles are rolling around a little more loosely in their heads than those of the rest of us.   A few do get through the net, probably more now because of advent of email.  And that’s not always a bad thing.

When I was a reporter at my first writing job at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, I used to regularly receive Donald Duck postcards mailed from Disneyland from an anonymous scribe who enjoyed expanding on various world conspiracies in short bursts of prose. Later, at another paper, I was one of many photographers occasionally sent “attaboys” from a fan who used to mark up printed copies of our work with bright blue crayons.  He apparently was so well known by the large metropolitan post office that all he had to do was write “Photo Department” and the name of the city, and the letters would miraculously arrive to us.

Other than blurring out key names and the full date, as well as eliminating one paragraph detailing the sender’s personal qualifications for filing stories outside of Planet Earth, this is a real letter mailed to a real newspaper editor.   And it’s a perfect example of why I sometimes miss working in a newsroom.




  1. Hey, why did you smudge my letter??

  2. That’s a fascinating post that raises the question — does the author truly believe this or is it an elaborate hoax?

  3. Nancy, your comment made me laugh out loud.

  4. Big D,
    Trust me, the author believed every word.


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