THIS & THAT

I am a newspaper man through and through. I have been one since I can remember. There are many parts to a newspaper. There are also a number of different kinds of newspapers. There are broadsheets of different sizes, and there are tabloids of different sizes. I prefer the broadsheet, but I am not picky.

When I was young, the first paper I remember is the Sunday Boston Globe. I went to my aunt and uncle’s house, and my uncle was a newspaper addict. He bought more than a half dozen a day. His favorites were all city papers. Now that I look closely back, he bought all tabloids. The Globe was never a tabloid, and we had that at home, but only on Sundays.

While others my age wanted the funnies, I settled for the sports page. It is not surprising that eventually I would end up writing for several. By the time I was 10, I would stop by my uncle’s house almost every day. This is no fooling, I would read the sports pages of the Boston Herald, the Boston Record, the Boston Post, the New York Mirror, and the New York Daily News every day I could. In that day and age, they were all tabloids.

Some of those papers died, others merged, some even went to broadsheets. When I attended Vermont Academy, they sold the Boston Herald and the New York Times. I opted for the Herald, which by then had come full circle from a tabloid to a broadsheet. When I was in college, I settled on the Boston Globe and have stayed with that publication since. I have seen the local price go from a quarter to today’s $2.50 or $2.75, depending where you buy your paper.

Sports is what brought me to my daily reading habit, and is what has allowed me to expand to write about the same area of the world’s landscape.

If you are a regular reader of this column, you may be reading the weekly printed edition, or you could be reading it online. Of course, many people have moved to purely a digital world; we conveniently offer both. Hopefully, the majority of our readers still love the feel of the newspaper in their grasp as they read the section that interests them most.

While I build the printed newspaper up, the Vermont Journal and the Shopper is a special paper, sent to you free of charge, so you don’t have to concern yourself with the rising prices.

Before going much further, I need to make a confession. I now subscribe to the Boston Globe online. Price and convenience drove me to this decision, but it was with a great deal of reluctance. I travel a lot and it was often difficult finding a paper on the road. But sitting down to read this at the computer just doesn’t provide me with the relaxing feeling I have always found to come my way with print.

Yes, I know there are tablets and phones and a myriad of ways to enjoy the product, but my newspaper has been my pal since I was a young boy. It brings an enjoyable part to each day that will be gone before you know it.

By the way, I have one more confession before I close. I still sometimes pay cash for the paper edition of the Boston Globe. There are some days I just want to go back to the way it use to be. Call this throwing money away or whatever you want to call it. Newspapers are newspapers to me, and they always will be.

Those again who are regular readers and are reading this in your comfort zone, enjoy your day. We expect to be around for a while in this form, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. You might have quite a story to tell one day in the future about how things use to be back in the good old days.

  If you would like to comment on this story or anything on the sports pages of this paper you can reach us at bmurphy@vermontjournal.com.

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