Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The best of Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)

Christmas in Dixie (Alabama)

Do You Hear What I Hear (Whitney Houston)

Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)

Great unnamed Christmas song

Hallelujah Chorus (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)

I'll Be Home For Christmas (Elvis Presley)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (Johnny Mathis)

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams)

Jingle Bell Rock (Brenda Lee)


Joy to the World (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (Anne Murray)

O Holy Night (Celine Dion)

O Holy Night (Johnny Mathis)

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry)

Run Run Rudolph (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt)

Silver and Gold (Burl Ives)

Sleigh Ride (Johnny Mathis)

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (Alvin and the Chipmunks)

The First Noel (Carrie Underwood)

The Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby)

2 Hrs of Christmas Classics with Christmas images

White Christmas (movie on YouTube)

White Christmas (movie on Netflix)

Winter Wonderland (Johnny Mathis)

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The smart way to lay out the newspaper

Years ago, I was working as a copy editor and writer at a daily newspaper. On Saturdays, five of us would put out the sports section, and I'd spend the night fuming.

Why? We had five people working in sports on Saturday evenings, and they'd give each of us pages to lay out on the computer. Each of us would use two computers, a "blue" tube for editing copy and an INL (interactive news layout) to paginate (design) the pages.

That was a cumbersome way to lay out a newspaper, and they have easier ways to do it now. But we were stuck with that method then.

The problem is that the area where we worked only had three INLs. The slot editor would come in at 4 p.m. and take one. Then two other editors would come in around 5 and take the other INLs.

The fourth editor would come in sometime between 5 and 6. I was the "late guy" (staying late to look for mistakes) every night, so I came in at 6. The fourth editor and I didn't have INLs, but we still had to lay out pages.

We spent the evening working on blue tubes and trying to get someone to let us use his/her computers so we could lay out our pages.

The normal (smart) way would be to have the three INL editors lay out the sports section and have the other two editors be "rim" guys (edit and cut copy, write headlines and cutlines) for the first three. It's a simple method that every other sports department in the country would use.

But, no; we had to spend the evening trying to find an open INL. And fuming.

It's one of the reasons I left the paper after just over 10 years. I might have stayed another 20 years if we'd done it the normal (smart) way.

I've been gone nearly 20 years, and it still chaps me.

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