SOMEONE SENT ME a note a few weeks ago and, in passing, wrote that she continues to enjoy my weekly column. That’s an interesting observation, since my weekly column ceased two months ago.
Several readers have noticed. A kind lady in church (where else to find a kind lady?) said she missed my column, especially the ones about grandsons Ike, Mike, and Spike. I’m pleased to report that the three are doing well. Ike, in fact, had me participate in a homework project about his family.
If I didn’t feel old before it, I do now. Questions included whether my boyhood home had electricity and indoor plumbing. The lady of the little house told me, “I think those questions are for the grandparents.’’
I had to break it to her that we are the grandparents.
The survey also wanted to know things unique or unusual about my “culture.’’ The only thing I could think of was the mysterious green stuff that used to grow on the ring of the upstairs tub, but I don’t think that’s what was meant.
I ceased the weekly column because we have shuffled some work here and I’m temporarily oversubscribed — and it’s not even golf season.
Not sure when that will change (Lord, let it be before the next golf season), but I did want to catch you up on a few things.
Some people who buy the Sunday News at a store, rather than via home delivery, have asked what happened to the TV Week. Other people wonder what a TV Week is, since they find out what’s on TV by using the on-screen TV schedule.
As announced last summer, the TV Week is now limited to those home delivery subscribers who signed up to have it delivered with their Sunday News. It just didn’t make economic sense to print thousands of copies that weren’t being used. The deadline to sign up has passed but new or current Sunday subscribers have the option of adding TV Week to their package.
One reader threw me one that I have not had before. He said the daily crossword puzzle is too easy. He asked if we could have a tougher one like the second Saturday puzzle. It’s an interesting idea but since I value my life, I need to think on that one.
Another reader likes our puzzles and local news but wants “unbiased sources’’ for national news. She added parenthetically “if any of those still exist.’’
I told her I have been in this business for 50 years and have yet to find a truly unbiased source for news. I think Reuters and the Washington Post services, which we use, do a pretty fair reporting job. Sometimes, especially with Washington politics in this divisive age, it is difficult to even agree on the facts of a story, let alone its presentation.
By the way, if you get our eEdition, you have access to the TV Week automatically.
Recently, you have also had access to some stories missing words that begin with “th.’’
We are aware of the gremlin and appreciate readers who have let us know about it.
Email Joe McQuaid at Publisher@UnionLeader.com