- New Paltz, New York, USA
- February 04
- Working Copy
- Former Knight of the Altar, St. Martin's parish in South Buffalo, NY. Old enough to remember ducking-and-covering from the nukes that Sister Jeanne assured us were coming our way, defending Santa Claus until age 10, hating playing sports, wanting to fly, escaping to Westchester County for three years, re-escaping to Buffalo for most of high school, escaping to Fordham U long enough to drop out, escaping school, getting political, getting arrested, getting tried, convicted and released for crimes against the draft. Husband to Patty, father to Grady and Annie. Housepainter, cab driver, idiot, then newspaper reporter in Poughkeepsie, years of freelancing (Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Negligent Mother Magazine) and shameful indulgence, followed finally by 18 more years of reporting, column-writing, some awards, discoveries large and small along the way, including these: Sister Jeanne was full of beans, writing is good for the soul and I'm the luckiest man alive.
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Jeremiah Horrigan's Links
A senior administration official said in an e-mail message that the press secretary, Robert Gibbs, called the White House shortly before 6 a.m. and woke the president with the news.-- The New York Times
I placed the followin ad in the “Personals” section under the “Sidekicks Wanted” listing:
"Single, grizzled gentleman to accompany and admire heroic archetype. Ability to fry eggs, boil coffee over open fires and splutter incomprehensibly (though not profanely) a mus… Read full post »
Conservative humorist P. J. O'Rourke needs no introduction from
me. But I do, and Mr. O'Rourke has just provided me one.
I recently wrote an essay for an anthology entitled "Woodstock Revisited." Mr. O'Rourke reviewed the anthology in his column in The Weekly Standard a few weeks back.
I won't repeat h… Read full post »
1. Who was your FIRST prom date?
For my senior prom, it was Barbara McNamara, who a really liked. She took the veil a few months later.
2. Who was your FIRST love and do you still talk with him/her?
Kathie O'Brien… Read full post »
IN the wake of the latest uproar about "blog pimping," I visited a freind of mine's new site and found the following question, answer and warning. His post felt very much like a return to fundamentals; it reminded me that I'd voiced objections to using that phrase and its cousin, "blog-wh… Read full post »
They come to me whenever they want, these moments, arriving unbidden and with unexpected force. They can't be conjured intentionally. The instant I recognize them, they dissipate like the smoke that used to curl from the White Owl cigars he used to love to smoke.
I can't even claim to recognize… Read full post »
NBC newsman Tim Russert died a year ago Saturday. This reminiscence (since re-written) first appeared in the The Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record:
I once spent a week in New York City in the company of Jerry Lombardo, Pat Hoak and Tim Russert.
You'… Read full post »
Several recent posts have documented the latest appearences of the notorious hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Four years ago, the sons and daughters of the Rev. Fred Phelps descended like a latter-day Biblical plague on the college town of New Paltz, N.Y,… Read full post »
She's been that way all her life. Let me show you some photos:
Here she is sitting on a picnic blanket, looking up at my adoring father, the the guy behind the camera. They're not married yet,… Read full post »
Journalism, like every other profession, speaks its own language. Unlike every other profession, journalists speak this language publicly. And though it appears paradoxical, journalese is also a secret language, even, sometimes, to its practitioners. Unless, of course, you've… Read full post »
Master journalist Pete Hamill gave a talk entitled "Our Imperfect Craft" to a group of mostly young journalsits from around the country Friday evening. The occasion was the first Mike Levine Writers Workshop. I don't have a transcript but I do have a few pertinent quotes:… Read full post »
This past weekend's front-page focus at OS on the parlous state of journalism held more than a theoretical or ideological interest for me. I'm a newspaper reporter, so there's nothing abstract about the issues surrounding whether and how newspapers will survive.
Everybody has a theory about "the med
When it comes to failure, insurance giant AIG had re-written the book. I won't bore you with the financials here.