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This article was prepared for the October 8, 2003 issue of U.S. 1
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Between the Lines
Somebody once said that in any Utopia that has ever
been depicted in literature, there are no pets. We don’t know if
true, but if we wanted to know we could probably go to the Princeton
Adult School lecture on Thursday, October 16, and consult retired
Princeton University professor John Murrin, who speaks on
Utopias: The Puritan City Upon a Hill" — just one of many
fascinating topics cited in our day-by-day event listings.
But in any case, the idea remains: In Utopia, everyone is happy. Here
in the real world people have problems, and some turn to their pets
quicker than Arnold Schwarzenegger goes after a pretty girl on a movie
For a business newspaper, U.S. 1 has done more than its share of
stories. In 1998 we told how about John and Lauren LoVerde’s family
business raising alpacas in Lambertville ("Alpacas — Fleecy
Futures," September 9, 1998). Canadian geese were beginning to
be a serious problem the following year, so we did an in-depth article
on how golf courses and office parks are hiring border collie services
to keep the geese from laying eggs on their pristine grass. David
Marcks of the Geese Police was the cover subject ("On Patrol with
the Geese Police," March 3, 1999). In 2000 we couldn’t possibly
pass up the chance to cover what we fondly term the kitty castle or
pussy palace, the niftily-designed veterinarian office that Jim and
Terry Miele built at the corner of Roszel and Alexander roads ("A
Castle for Cat Care — Even Dogs Have Their Day," June 7,
Then came another tribute to the devotion of animal lovers, Debra
Bjorling’s founding of Hamilton Pet Meadow Memorial Park, complete
with viewing room and crematory ("Pet Cemetery, For Man’s Best
Friends, a Final Resting," February 7, 2001). The story of
Zimmer, who left a corporate job to build the Rocky Top Dog Park was
the must-do story for January 6, 2002.
One of the memorable animal covers illustrated an article by Edward
Tenner ("Citizen Canine: Dog Days of August," August 19,
On the cover was the late McKnight, a handsome Scandinavian snowball
hound who welcomed customers to Paul Smith’s store, Framesmith, in
Windsor Green. After McKnight’s demise, Smith acquired a wire-haired
pointing Gryffon named Pogo.
Tenner’s article gave a fascinating account of the political and
identities that have been assigned to different dog breeds, and how
the assorted dogs that are being walked in Plainsboro’s Davison Park
are giving older and newer Americans occasion to meet each other.
Wrote Tenner: "Animals are not only good to think with, as Claude
Levi-Strauss wrote. They are good to link with."
THE COVER story on September 24, offering statistics on New Jersey’s
280,000 traffic accidents and 740 fatalities, attributed one third
of the accidents and two-thirds of fatalities to aggressive driving.
The article quoted a turnpike official saying that 40 percent of the
accidents were toll booth fender benders. Correction: 40 percent of
the accidents on the NJ Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway were
at toll booths.
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