Sunday, December 13, 2009
In the New York Post, Ask Ashley.
Harmless, I guess, but inane, even in the realm of advice columnists. What's next in The Post, Bernie Madoff having a column providing Graham & Dodd style investment advice from his prison cell?
We must be getting pretty close to TEOTWAWKI.
CWCID: Hot Air headlines.
Repost from below:
"Ashley Dupre -- who had Eliot Spitzer as Client #9 -- now has a weekly Q&A advice column in the New York Post. Here's some excerpts from today's:
"Guys are so easy to please and I don't just mean sexually." "Guys are primal. They're proud and need to be treated like they're proud and special."
Ladies, are you listening ... she's a professional."
The New York Post hates Spitzer, who's testing the waters for a political comeback. So now the Post has a way to bring up Ashley once a week for giggles. Spitzer should have had a stake driven through his heart.
Mad as Hell and Not Gong to Take it Any More
You may want to read the 1996 obit of Count Marco (Marc Spinelli), who gave outrageous advice in the San Francisco Chronicle for 15 years.
From the obit: "As Count Marco, Mr. Spinelli was a star performer in a circulation war in the 1960s between The Chronicle and other Bay Area newspapers."
Wow, DEC, I had almost forgotten about "Count Marco". I moved to SF in 1970 and remember him as one of the colorful band of columnists at the Chron along with Charles McCabe and of course the great Herb Caen.
To Gary Rosen
Yep. And Lucius Beebee, Art Hoppe, Stanton Delaplane...
The man who provided the creative spark was Scott Newhall, who served as executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1952 to 1971.
In 1999 Carl Nolte of the Chronicle wrote this about Newhall:
"His aim was simple: to get more readers. It was, he said, a bit like a circus. Once the customers were in the tent, they would see that the Chronicle had something to offer.
"To do it, Newhall turned the paper back to its roots — it again became irreverent, it held up a mirror to the West, informed the readers and had a good time doing it.
"The Chronicle went after stories with a vengeance, scooped the opposition and ran rings around them with lively writing and imagination."
The Chronicle was fun to read in those days.