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This column was prepared for the March 19, 2003 edition of U.S. 1
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Between the Lines
It was a Sunday night, a night when you don’t want to
be working anyway, and the boss had a question about a story —
a charming account about how philanthropist Herbert Axelrod is giving
rare violins to the New Jersey Symphony (page 26). It was an arts
story, already laden with business details, including how Axelrod
built his business and how he sold it. To whom, and for how much,
the boss wanted to know. Not an easy question, since the sale took
place five years ago and any information on publicity-shy Axelrod
is scant. Freelancer Elaine Strauss had already pawed up the earth
to even get an interview with Axelrod’s attorney.
Our editor had come in put in some extra time on the Business
Directory (U.S. 1’s March Madness) but got intrigued by this research
adventure. Surfing the web wasn’t helpful. There were too many
references to too many Axelrods. And you can’t call the source, a law
office, on a Sunday night.
Inspiration struck. Just last week a brochure had come from the New
Jersey State Library touting its after hours reference capabilities.
It has replaced its vaunted night-time telephone service with a
online reference desk. Go to the web page — www.qandanj.org —
and type in a question for a professional librarian, who answers the
question in chat form.
Axelrod. Who bought his pet book publishing company, TFH Publishing,
to you with the results shortly.
Consortium did find something — a web page showing that TFH
had another company that manufactured dog treats. She also referred
the question to the day librarian who has access to additional
And at 9:40 a.m. on Monday, just in time to make last-minute changes
in the copy, Alka B., senior reference librarian in Camden, sent the
results of a paid section of Hoover’s Online: California-based Central
Garden and Pet Company, a publicly-traded supplier to Wal-Mart, had
paid $132 million for TFH Publications, one of the nation’s largest
producers of pet books and maker of Nylabone dog snacks, and Kaytee
Products, a maker of bird seed.
The best part about that Sunday night was "talking" through
E-mail to somebody else who was working on Sunday night — and
getting the right answers.
THANK YOU for the incredible coverage of the Plainsboro Preserve
26). We have been in the throes of preparing the building for opening.
If all goes well, we should have a soft opening in early May, then
a gala celebration on June 14, with walks, programs, and activities
for all ages.
The article was a fabulous tribute to the Preserve and the niche it
will fill in the lives of residents. I hope we can continue a working
relationship that shares the wonders of the Preserve with your
Sanctuary director, New Jersey Audubon Society
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