Sandusky Register design desk chief Mike Schaffer gets the credit for this headline. “It was a no-brainer,” he says. “That song title popped into my head right away. …We were joking about it in the newsroom, saying things like, He’s lost that loving feeling. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.”
Schaffer, 47, says of Hall and Oates: “I’ve seen them in concert before; I know all of their songs. Some of the younger people in the newsroom didn’t get it.”
Emil Whitis, the 27-year-old reporter who wrote the story, was one of them.
“I’d never heard of them,” he says. “The sheriff deputies were rolling with laughter and I didn’t get it. Then they played the song for me.”
Whitis’ story ran on A2, but had a page one teaser — with the suspect’s mug shot — that read “Watch out, here he comes!”