Erik Bates | April 15, 2003
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Jackie Mason | April 15, 2003
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Scott Hardie | April 15, 2003
It's probably not a good idea to get Jackie and I started on our college newspaper. Their main problem was arrogance, unfounded at that. When I got a job as a reporter, which paid about fifteen bucks a month, they acted like I should be grateful for the chance to work with them. They frequently called me to laugh at mistakes in my submissions (I swear this is true), and their tone of voice when they did so was the mocking tone used by schoolyard bullies and child abusers. And their complaints to me contradicted each other: I once misspelled a teacher's name in an article, so the editor told me to check every fact online even if I thought I knew it. Later I wrote a movie review, and I was pretty sure I did not spot a certain actor in a cameo appearance, but the IMDb listed him in the cast, so I mentioned the cameo. They called to ask what the hell was wrong with me, jackass. I have sometimes fantasized about having told them off at that point in time, but that's mostly because I never did tell them off. If I ever met a group of people who needed to be taken down a peg or two, it was them. Christ.

Mike Eberhart | April 16, 2003
Yes, take them down a peg, "A whole peg!". Great quote from principal Skinner of the Simpsons.

Aaron Fischer | April 23, 2003
... And everyone wonders what makes a mailcarrier go postal... must be all those college newspapers they have to carry. :)


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