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Between the Lines
All of you who watch the network news or CNN or Geraldo
and Hardball may find this hard to believe, but most of us in the
news business are pretty self-effacing people. That’s why we find
it hard to take compliments or even accept thanks. "They’re just
saying that to be polite," we tell ourselves in the face of such
niceties. "They don’t really mean it."
But since it’s the season of thanks, we want to acknowledge the
comments that have come our way from so many people. Here’s a holiday
greeting to our staff from Joe Boyd, the founder and director of the
Consumer Bureau, which publishes the business services directory that
appears on the inside back cover of every issue of U.S. 1. "I
salute you for the high voltage, high brow stuff you put out week
High voltage? High brow? Does Boyd mean it or is he just showing us
kids the kind of rhetorical flourishes that can be wielded by a person
who received a classic, liberal arts education (Harvard, Class of
’35)? We hope it’s the former, not the latter, because it is a nice
to the staff and to the many freelancers who bring their energy
and vision to this publication.
Of course, we can’t single out all the cards, letters, E-mails, and
voice mails that have come our way, but we do offer a holiday greeting
to all of you: publication of our 1999 U.S. 1 Calendar. This year’s
calendar marks a quantum leap forward for this publication — the
inclusion of four-color reproduction. We used the opportunity to
the work of 15 area artists, selected out of a talented pool of 30
who submitted works in response to our call.
The truly thankless task of winnowing down the field belonged to
editor Nicole Plett, who also has the daunting job of selecting short
stories and poems for our annual Summer Fiction issue. Plett’s final
15, in alphabetical order: Angela Barbalace, Dorothy Wells Bissell,
Sergio Bonotto, Gail Bracegirdle, Marge Chavooshian, Betty Curtiss,
Glen Key Dalessandro, Gordon Haas, Stan Kephart, Sylvia Cummings
Mel Leipzig, Ken McIndoe, Lucy Graves McVicker, Robert Sakson, and
To all the artists, and to the others who wield pens and pencils and
computer cursors to make this publication possible week after week,
we say thanks. And we really do mean it.
EAGER READERS will note that this issue of U.S. 1 has been delivered
on Tuesday, even though the date on the folio line is Wednesday,
23. That’s because we are getting an early jump on the Christmas
for which we will close our office both Thursday and Friday, December
24 and 25. You could say that Tuesday is virtually Wednesday anyhow,
and in the case of U.S. 1 you literally would be correct.
We will be open Monday through Thursday, December 28 through 31, but
will not publish a paper December 30 — or Tuesday the 29th (one
virtual Wednesday is enough). Instead we will prepare our annual
Guide issue to kick off the virtual end of the 20th century on
January 6. To that we say happy New Year, and we mean it.
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