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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

that’s

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

"American

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

set.

For a business newspaper, U.S. 1 has done more than its share of

animal

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,

2000).

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

Gretchen

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,

1998).

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

ethnic

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."

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Correction

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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