Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Personal Asides: And the Trivia Winner Is Now the Next Terry Trivia Question What I Find Good About the Sun-Times
Terry Przybylskis trivia question asked this: As the Republicans recently announced they will held their 2008 national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, that state has gone longer than any other state without voting for a Republican for president. Who was the last Republican to carry it? No one got it right. Lovies Leather guessed Ronald Reagan in 1980. No, it was Richard M. Nixon in 1972 over George McGovern. On the second one, with JFK being the youngest elected president at 43 and Theodore Roosevelt the youngest president to be inaugurated at 42, who was the youngest Republican nominee for president? No one got it right: Thomas E. Dewey, 42 years old when he ran for president against Franklin Roosevelt in 1944.
This is a tricky onebut its very valid. Between Andrew Johnsons presidency just following the Civil War and Lyndon B. Johnsons election in 1964, no one was elected president from a southern state. However, there was one southerner president a man born in one southern state and who lived for a time in another. Who was he? No search engines.
Good About the Sun-Times.
Jack Higgins cartoons (but I say that all the time) Mary Laneys columns which is about the only smidgeon of gentle conservatism left along with Betsy Hart on Sundays Zay Smiths column QTliberal though it may be--which is noteworthy for its ingeniously apt comments on news stories, which I never miss and whose one-liners are devastatingly precious Im even getting to like some of the front-page graphics ala Class vroom Sneed: who often has the inside One who I think is the best legal correspondent around notwithstanding hes not a lawyer: Abdon Pallasch The sports pages but especially Jay Mariotti Neil Steinbergs jokes, especially the one about the astronaut on Mars the editorials by Steve Huntley, some of which I dislike but all of which take a firm stance which editorials are supposed to do: no, stay tuned or who knows?
Now after all the hits Ive given the Sun-Times, does this contradict the past? Not at all. Compare the earlier criticisms and youll see the pluses and minuses in one package.