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Transcription Transgressions

While August 2012 still feels like fall before last on remembering my second and final layoff from the newspaper profession, June 2013 seems longer than the six years it maths out when I recall that month’s part-time job, transcriptionist at the University of Arkansas Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History. Those few hours a […]

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Lunch. Free? Sure.

I have one good story about the recently departed editor Guy Unangst but didn’t know it was a story until a new reporter in around 2004 asked me, “Did you have a fistfight with Guy Unangst in the middle of the newsroom?” “We did? What, us? Nah, there was no –. “Wait a minute. You […]

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The Indian and the Jew

“The Indian and the Jew.” Kevin loved saying that about us. This is a man I’ve known since we were 6 or 7 years old, meeting and becoming fast friends in first grade at Ballman Elementary in Fort Smith. That’s in the vicinity of five and a half decades. I have not seen Kevin in […]

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Bad-bad and Bad-good Choices

Insight on waking today: We daily make bad-good decisions and bad-bad decisions. These are common calls, far milder than “Should I drop out of school” or “Should I marry this person.” Binging on chips and dip — make mine vegan if you please — is a bad-good decision. Dwelling on grim news that is more than […]

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What Do You Want to Be

House outside Fairfield, Iowa, June 2016 Copyright 2016 Ben S. Pollock Jr.

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Got My Back, Background?

Although it’s only been a year, I’m back in the job market. Heck, some people resume sending out resumes in weeks. New in 2015, with the positions for which I qualify, are third-party background checks. Fortunately, I am an angel. Earlier this summer, R— S— (hereinafter known as “Auld Acquaintance”) applied at T— U— (hereinafter […]