Eagle-eyed readers of U.S. 1 will notice a strange looking symbol on the cover of this week’s edition. It’s a QR code (standing for quick response) and readers with a smart phone and the QR app can scan the image and be connected quickly to our website, www.princetoninfo.com.

Why would anyone want to do this? And if they did couldn’t they just as easily type the URL into their web browser and access our web location that way?

Readers may want to read our print edition online for several reasons, including the convenience of clicking on hypertext to link to references cited in our print stories. A potential customer for an advertiser can scan the QR code in the print ad and reach the online destination that explains more about a product or service.

And anyone with a smart phone and its miniature keyboard can attest to the convenience of using the QR code instead of typing in a possibly lengthy URL. We look forward to other uses of the QR codes in the near future. Your suggestions, of course, are welcome.

#b#Letter to the Editor: An Israeli View?#/b#

Kudos to Scott Morgan on his interview (December 8) with Pakistani-born entrepreneur Shazid Jamil. Jamil provided candid insights on being a Muslim in the U.S. as well as about the many challenges facing his country. He also expressed his appreciation for America’s free enterprise system which helped make his current success possible.

May I suggest a future interview with an Israeli-born resident whose insights and experiences on being a Jewish entrepreneur in New Jersey would be of great interest as well.

Linda Sipprelle

Nassau Street, Princeton

Editor’s note: Richard K. Rein addresses this question in his column on page 42.

#b#Still Imagining#/b#

Monday, December 8, 1980. I was DJ’ing a fashion show in New Hope. It was a Monday Night event, yet very crowded and hotter than a July night inside the room. I DJ’ed until 2 a.m.; drove home from New Hope to Bordentown always on the watch for deer crossing Route 29.

I had to be a mailman in Cranbury by 6:30 a.m., obviously a short sleep night was ahead of me. I was most likely a little tipsy on the drive home and very sweaty as well from dancing and DJ’ing even though it was December. It was customary to just play one of my home made cassettes in the car and to never listen to the radio at all.

I finally arrived home by 3 a.m. I was up and showered and in my mailman monkey suit and out the door at 6 a.m. for the 30-minute ride to work. Again a cassette played in the car. I didn’t know of John Lennon’s passing until I arrived at work and it was on the cover of the morning paper.

Imagine — no pun intended — having finally hearing the news and you knew for the next eight hours or longer you had to work and walk around a town delivering mail – and with maybe a two-hour sleep under your belt.

On my first break around 10 a.m., I phoned from a phone booth — no cells back then — to my then-girlfriend Trish. Trish knew my love for John and on answering the phone and knowing it was me, she only said “I’m sorry” about four times. John was my favorite Beatle and I had met him once for a few seconds in Philadelphia when the band I drummed for performed at the Larry Kane-promoted “WFIL Helping Hand Marathon” where John Lennon was the name celebrity. I remember singing (or shouting) “Twist And Shout” in hopes John would give me a thumbs up in recognition of the tune.

It was back to work after the phone booth call. At least as a mailman I had the chance to think about what had happened while I walked the streets for a few more hours.

I’m still thinking about it 30 years later.

Randy “Now” Ellis

Ellis, a fourth generation Bordentown resident, is now the promoter of shows at the Record Collector and other venues.

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