Cover story: History sneaks up on you, like a B-52 on Franklin Street

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The Worcester Telegram and Evening Gazette made for a unique two-newspaper town.

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The Worcester Telegram and Evening Gazette made for a unique two-newspaper town.

An old friend of mine, now gone, used to have a cartoon clipped and stuck to the door of his refrigerator. Superman was sitting on a park bench in full costume, studying the pages of a newspaper’s Jobs Wanted ads. (Ask your parents, kids.) Seated next to him was a frustrated Lois Lane, who was saying to him:

“You could do anything you wanted but, no, you had to work for an afternoon newspaper.”


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3 thoughts on “Cover story: History sneaks up on you, like a B-52 on Franklin Street

  1. Thanks so much for this walk down memory lane. I only arrived in Worcester in 1982, but still remember having to “hand-deliver” press releases to Bob Bliss! Looking forward to future issues of The Sun!

  2. Welcome back to Worcester Charles! I have always been a big fan of your writing since I first saw your byline in Worcester Magazine. Hope to read much more of your work in the Worcester Sun!

    And to the rest of the Sun staff, congratulations for getting this off the ground! Looking forward to reading the Worcester Sun for years to come!

  3. I see today’s alternative press in more specialized communities. The business of maintaining an alternative press may be hard to sustain, but the motivations driving people who write (and read) alternative points of view away from established local news operations remain. There remains value in a wide spectrum, including the established print operations. The shipping of physical paper seems increasingly antiquated, but I don’t see that as a negative for the most part, although I concede that there are people who prefer that method of reading the news, and provided they are willing to pay the cost to maintain that delivery method, I have no issue with it.

    Glad to see the Worcester Sun get started, and I wish you all the best of luck.