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The Tentacle


November 21, 2014

Shepherding by Distance

Roy Meachum

As the town’s only newspaper pointed out on Wednesday, we have mornings that seem to chill out. As The Frederick News-Post informs, in the inside pages, we seemed to have arrived at the cold months. It’s about time!

 

Since I came to the city, nearly 33 years ago, this poses as no surprise to me. As I said: “It’s about time!”

 

Since leaving New Orleans, I sought out media that come with changes of season, mainly Italy, Egypt and Washington. I first heard: “You don’t like the weather, it’ll change on you in 10 minutes.” That was in The Washington Post building on M Street; it moved later to New Hampshire Avenue – and was sold! I didn’t hang around.

 

Since resigning from The Post, I looked into several positions. I was never happy away from the reporter’s job; I became a part that controlled the newspaper: Post-Newsweek stations. I wasn’t satisfied. Various jobs in the media left me gasping, until I hooked up with George Delaplaine, the former publisher of the News-Post.

 

Under George’s gentle direction, I wrote a column for the local paper and I survived Bette Delaplaine; his wife left me alone. Bette was a brassy kind of dame. You didn’t do things she disapproved of; she let you know straight out. A lady of distinction!

 

Accumulated through several years, chiefly politicians and developers let me know I was not their favorite journalist. On the other hand, I managed to publish along: Shepherding by Distance. All the way from Westminster, as it turned out. I won’t get you into housing; but I no longer live on North Market Street. There’s a pity!

 

My daughter-in-law and old dear friend have made a difference. They’ve both worked their heads off. But I sleep more comfortable than I expected two months ago. In the first place Bette died.

 

One of those sudden things that was totally a surprise, even to her best friend, George.

 

Ya hosarra! What a pity!

 



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