Support (?) Your Local (?) Paper

I’m replaying below some of the fascinating responses to my original query (reprinted at the bottom, for what it’s worth).

One of the threads showing the hidden networks we all live in is that some of the strongest endorsements of persisting in support of local journalism were directed at the SEATTLE TIMES, in spite of the exorbitant subscription cost. Coincidentally, a senior editor and later publisher of the Seattle Times was H. Mason Sizemore, a classmate and fellow Flat Hat staff with Pete Crow and me (and our respective partners for that matter) at William and Mary in the mid-1960’s. (W&M doesn’t have a journalism department or major.)

For myself? Well, I’m just about go to the UPS store to send a box of cookies to a friend, and then down to the Post Office to renew my subscription to the Capital. I’ve sort of reached a psychic compromise, based on the previous subscription price, mentioned below as $350/year. So I’m splitting costs of the paper with a friend who is a new Annapolis resident, and whose father REALLY likes the daily and weekly “Puzzle Page” in the Capital.

Best wishes to all

Bruce
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On Sep 10, 2021, at 2:19 AM, carolejoycecrew <carolehcrew> wrote:

I am a Journalism grad from U. of Nevada Reno. I love newspapers and have lived in many cities with great papers. I am fortunate to live now in Seattle where our remaining daily (the Seattle Times) is family-owned and, although significantly thinner, covers local politics and news, likely survives because of sports coverage, and has received several Pulitzers for excellent reporting. They really went after Boeing after the Max disasters. It’s a really good paper, which also has a lot of articles from NYTimes, Washington Post and LATimes. It costs me nearly $100/month. I continue to think it’s worth it.

Carole Crew

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On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 5:36 PM Timothy Still <timstill> wrote:

When I joined the board of the Friends of the Pasadena Public LIbrary earlier this year I subscribed to the Pasadena Star-News, which used to be a real newspaper. I thought I would be keeping up on local news and, hopefully, hearing what was going on in the local government. Nada! It’s just a pastiche of wire service stories with an occasional local article. However, it’s only $14/month and there is that occasional bit of useful local information. I’m very tempted to cancel it every time I get the bill.
Then there’s the LA Times, which has been decimated since Covid (advertising disappeared). Nevertheless, it’s still trying to be a real newspaper although it’s unlikely it will ever get back to what it was 2 years. However (again), the Times is approaching $100/month. It’s really tempting to cancel it given all the other sources for information/news that abound. Then I realize that there’s an article from the LA Times in the Apple News a couple of times each week, so guess where the news in some of those sources is coming from?
My father’s career was in journalism and he was the managing editor of a major-ish newspaper for many years. Partly I think I hold onto these print subscriptions largely out of genetic stubborness.

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On Sep 10, 2021, at 2:19 AM, PeterMichaelCrow <@gmail.com> wrote:

the business plan for newspapers started collapsing around 2002 and really newspapers had slowly been declining since the 1960s — i was fortunate the australians bought me out in 2007 and of course they put them all into bankruptsy onl two years later

earlier this year wilford and i taught an adult zoom class for william and mary and i invited the broker who oversaw the sale of my newspaper properties to join us — he was easily the top guy in the field until the utter collapse and he sees small opportunities here and there in tiny markets although not print publications of course, and he has no hope for any of the metros once the joy of owning fades and the current crop of owners tire of subsiding them — i concur

what is happening is an unpleasant but realistic end game often used in business now being applied to the newspaper industry — it is to to cut cut cut and continue to draw money to the day the busness itself goes broke — howard johnsons made money to the day it went broke — my flagship daily has one emplyee down from sixty these days and so, for it, the final night draws near — if there was any way to save the industry someone would have already figured it out — i certainly tried a variety of strategies

the real question is wheter we govern a free country without a vigorous press and informed involved electorate — i’m afraid we cannot and i hope i am wrong

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EAHS-Classof1960 A 20-Year Recollection

Bruce, thanks for sharing Kincey’s dramatic, first-person account. I remember that you sent it out 20 years ago with a comment like, “one tough lady”. Indeed she was. I’m glad she escaped and that so many others did too.

My own impression of the days following the attacks was that Americans were on the same wavelength and feeling solidarity. Let’s never forget.

Peace, Gary Miller

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 2:17 PM Bruce Potter <bpotter> wrote:

Dear friends —

As anyone knows, tomorrow, 9/11/2021, is the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. As most of the addressees know, in 2001, Kincey Potter was working in tower number two, consulting on a new on-line banking system being developed for Morgan-Stanley. [On the day of the attack, I happened to be working on a project for Island Resources Foundation in St. George’s, Grenada.] About a year before, we had moved from Washington DC to Annapolis Maryland.

In the event, Kincey survived the attack by walking down 64 floors from her office and out of tower two, about 15 minutes before the building collapsed. A few weeks after, Kincey wrote her account of what happened to her that day. Attached is a slightly edited version of that account with some of my added comments. I was surprised to discover that in a strange irony, Kincey and I had reviewed this version of her account on September 4th, 2018, just 13 days before she was taken by the metastatic breast cancer that she had been battling since 2008.

I hope this short paper will remind all of us of the wit, wisdom and pragmatism that Kincey carried, even in very tough times.

Best wishes

Bruce

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Bruce Potter
764 Fairview Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Bruce’s iPhone: 443/454-9044
" Blog: PottersWeal.com
See also: Kincey.org

E-mail: <bpotter>
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A 20-Year Recollection

Dear Bruce,

Thank you for sharing this poignant piece and reminding us of the grace and courage of our dear friend Kincey.

Thinking of you all.

Judy

Sent from my iPad

On Sep 10, 2021, at 2:17 PM, Bruce Potter <bpotter> wrote:

Dear friends —

As anyone knows, tomorrow, 9/11/2021, is the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. As most of the addressees know, in 2001, Kincey Potter was working in tower number two, consulting on a new on-line banking system being developed for Morgan-Stanley. [On the day of the attack, I happened to be working on a project for Island Resources Foundation in St. George’s, Grenada.] About a year before, we had moved from Washington DC to Annapolis Maryland.

In the event, Kincey survived the attack by walking down 64 floors from her office and out of tower two, about 15 minutes before the building collapsed. A few weeks after, Kincey wrote her account of what happened to her that day. Attached is a slightly edited version of that account with some of my added comments. I was surprised to discover that in a strange irony, Kincey and I had reviewed this version of her account on September 4th, 2018, just 13 days before she was taken by the metastatic breast cancer that she had been battling since 2008.

I hope this short paper will remind all of us of the wit, wisdom and pragmatism that Kincey carried, even in very tough times.

Best wishes

Bruce

<Kincey’s 9-11.pdf>

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Bruce Potter
764 Fairview Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Bruce’s iPhone: 443/454-9044
” Blog: PottersWeal.com
See also: Kincey.org

E-mail: <bpotter>
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EAHS-Classof1960 A 20-Year Recollection

Bruce, Thank you for sharing this with us! I will read it tonight when things are quite and I can take it all in!
I confess, I didn’t know of Kincey’s struggle until just now!
I can somewhat understand your pain as wife Lynda (Hogue) has a devastating case of dementia and as the primary caregiver and husband of 62 years, it is the toughest challenge I have ever faced!
Today we remember the events of exactly 20 years ago and the many, many people who perished!
The cry, “Let’s Roll” is one that will forever exemplify consummate courage and the American spirit!
Let us all honor those who died and those who provided assistance, comfort and medical aid to people who survived America’s worst tragedy, by foreign terrorists!

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A 20-Year Recollection

Thanks for sending this, Bruce. It’s great to hear Kincey’s voice again.

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PotterFamily A 20-Year Recollection

Wow, this is an amazing story, it really helps me feel what it must have felt like ‘on the ground’ in such a horrible situation. I’m so glad that Kincey was able to put this experience in such clear writing. Thanks Bruce.Andy

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 2:17 PM Bruce Potter <bpotter> wrote:

Dear friends —

As anyone knows, tomorrow, 9/11/2021, is the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. As most of the addressees know, in 2001, Kincey Potter was working in tower number two, consulting on a new on-line banking system being developed for Morgan-Stanley. [On the day of the attack, I happened to be working on a project for Island Resources Foundation in St. George’s, Grenada.] About a year before, we had moved from Washington DC to Annapolis Maryland.

In the event, Kincey survived the attack by walking down 64 floors from her office and out of tower two, about 15 minutes before the building collapsed. A few weeks after, Kincey wrote her account of what happened to her that day. Attached is a slightly edited version of that account with some of my added comments. I was surprised to discover that in a strange irony, Kincey and I had reviewed this version of her account on September 4th, 2018, just 13 days before she was taken by the metastatic breast cancer that she had been battling since 2008.

I hope this short paper will remind all of us of the wit, wisdom and pragmatism that Kincey carried, even in very tough times.

Best wishes

Bruce

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Bruce Potter
764 Fairview Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Bruce’s iPhone: 443/454-9044
" Blog: PottersWeal.com
See also: Kincey.org

E-mail: <bpotter>
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A 20-Year Recollection

Dear friends —

As anyone knows, tomorrow, 9/11/2021, is the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. As most of the addressees know, in 2001, Kincey Potter was working in tower number two, consulting on a new on-line banking system being developed for Morgan-Stanley. [On the day of the attack, I happened to be working on a project for Island Resources Foundation in St. George’s, Grenada.] About a year before, we had moved from Washington DC to Annapolis Maryland.

In the event, Kincey survived the attack by walking down 64 floors from her office and out of tower two, about 15 minutes before the building collapsed. A few weeks after, Kincey wrote her account of what happened to her that day. Attached is a slightly edited version of that account with some of my added comments. I was surprised to discover that in a strange irony, Kincey and I had reviewed this version of her account on September 4th, 2018, just 13 days before she was taken by the metastatic breast cancer that she had been battling since 2008.

I hope this short paper will remind all of us of the wit, wisdom and pragmatism that Kincey carried, even in very tough times.

Best wishes

Bruce

Kincey’s 9-11.pdf

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Bruce Potter
764 Fairview Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Bruce’s iPhone: 443/454-9044
” Blog: PottersWeal.com
See also: Kincey.org

E-mail: <bpotter@irf.org>
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The Twelve Seasons of Maryland

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New concept: “Graphic News”

“Pearls Before Swine” goes documentary . . . .

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