Letter to Romenesko
From RICK ANDERSON: I had to laugh at this SeattlePI.com obit of former editor Lou Guzzo – not exactly the typical reverent tribute to a former executive editor, kissing off his career in the first graph and mocking him in the second – and for the rest of the obit. (The Times did a straightaway obit, interviewing his daughter, etc).
From SeattlePI.com’s obit:
Onetime Seattle Post-Intelligencer executive editor Lou Guzzo, who died Saturday at age 94, worked as an arts critic, newspaper editor, KIRO-TV commentator, aide to Gov. Dixy Lee Ray, co-author (with Ray) of a book called “Trashing the Planet” that trashed environmentalists, and adviser to 2008 Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.
Guzzo is, however, best remembered for his memo warning that the women’s movement would “promote” what he called a “new breed of Amazons.”
And it is a funny story, although I best remember him as the editor who tried for months to change the name of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the P-I, to the Seattle Post, because he was in love with the Washington Post. But Hearst wouldn’t let him, aware that critics would likely end up calling it the Seattle P.
* RIP Lou Guzzo: “A new breed of Amazons” (seattlepi.com)
* Washington journalist Lou Guzzo dead at 94 (seattletimes.com)
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* Photo of fallen Arizona firefighters covered with American flags stirs controversy. (azcentral.com)
* David Folkenflik reports on the Louisville station that’s limiting the use of “breaking news.” (npr.org)
* Put a photo of your restaurant meal on Instagram and you might get rewarded. (wsj.com)
* The 1987 letter that 154 New Yorker staffers sent to Bob Gottlieb, urging him to turn down the editor job: (theawl.com)
* Philadelphia mayor’s treatment of the press “is becoming troubling.” (phillymag.com)
* “The authentic Rupert” is heard in the recording of Murdoch meeting with arrested journalists. (guardian.co.uk)
* Houston’s “Real Estate King” is a plagiarism king, too. (houstonpress.com)
* Patch creates a fictional publication for Disney movie planes. (adweek.com)
* Judge tosses Chicago reporter’s libel suit against rival TV station. (chicagotribune.com)
* Columnist’s note: “I received several notes from readers saying there are no zebras in the Nigerian wild. They’re right.” (bostonglobe.com)
* CBS: Put a camera on people 24/7 and you’re going to hear some ugly things. (realityblurred.com)