Hark! The Herald! (Congrats – No, Really – Edition)

June 24, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Pick up today’s Boston Herald and here’s what you’ll find splashed across the bottom half of Page 3:

 

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The firsty local tabloid is rightly proud of its Sigma Delta Chi Award for Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000) on the Boston Marathon tragedy, just as we’re sure the Boston Globe is for its First Place award for Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+) on the Boston Marathon tragedy. The stately local broadsheet didn’t mention it in today’s edition, but we’ll check back tomorrow.

Meanwhile, kudos to both.

 

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More Ad-voidance of the Boston Herald

April 22, 2014

As the hardreading staff noted, the Boston Herald held its own with Marathon ads in yesterday’s edition, but today the paper got . . . bageled.

Crosstown, meanwhile, the Boston Globe got this:

 

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And this:

 

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And this:

 

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And this:

 

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(To be fair, the Globe did run a special section with all the Marathon finishing times. To be accurate, only the last two ads ran in that section.)

Still, the grumpy local tabloid can console itself with this:

 

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That’s right – the Herald won yet another nod from the Newseum’s coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages.

More details, no doubt, in tomorrow’s edition.

 


Today’s Boston Marathon Adstravaganza!

April 21, 2014

Not surprisingly, special Boston Marathon ads are, yes, running in the local dailies today.

Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald feature this Aer Lingus ad.

 

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And this Guinness ad.

 

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And this one from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

 

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But only the Globe features this finny one from the New England Aquarium.

 

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And only the Herald has this not-so-finny one from Brooks.

 

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De gustibus and etc., yeah?

Safe day to all.

 


Hark! The Herald! (I’s on the Prize Edition)

March 26, 2014

It’s all hands on deck at the feety local tabloid today. First sports columnist Steve Buckley decides to get into the Marathon mix.

BC scrapper inspires run for ALS cure

I wish I had video highlights of Pete Frates’ entire baseball career.

If I did, I’d seek out the longest home run he ever hit, the greatest catch, and the hardest, dirtiest takeout slide he ever made at second CE1_4810.JPGbase, and then I’d somehow combine them into one rock-’em-sock-’em, in-your-face Pete Frates Baseball Moment.

And even then, it would look like a game of backyard ring toss compared with the aggressiveness and determination that Pete is showing in his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

That’s why I’m running this year’s Boston Marathon:

As he has done with so many others, Pete Frates, a Beverly native and former Boston College baseball captain, has inspired me to help him help find a cure for ALS.

 

A thoroughly admirable enterprise.

Several pages on, all-purpose columnist Jessica Heslam’s jumps feet-first into step dancing

Herald columnist kicks up heels with Irish dance cast

Who doesn’t dream of dancing on Broadway?

Until yesterday, the closest I came was a few birthdays ago when I went to see the rock musical “Hair.” At the end of the show, the cast DSC_7279.jpginvited audience members on stage to sing and dance to “Let the Sunshine In.”

I was in heaven.

So I was thrilled — and very nervous — to get yesterday’s assignment: Take part in a master dance class taught by the dancers of “Heartbeat of Home” — a new dance sensation by the producers and director of the Broadway hit “Riverdance” — opening today at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre.

 

 

Thereby producing a nifty piece of newsvertising for the show.

Video evidence here:

 

 

Those crosstown Globeniks better step lively if they want to keep up.

UPDATE: Apologies to our Walt Whitman desk for not crediting it earlier.

 

 


London (Marathon) Calling

April 22, 2013

Boston was on the mind of everyone who ran the London Marathon yesterday, as Page One of The Guardian attests (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages).

 

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And London was on the mind of the Boston dailies – especially the Globe, which sent sportswriter Shira Springer over there to cover the event.

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Boston firmly in the thoughts of Londoners

LONDON — Moments after finishing the London Marathon, Harry Neynens struggled with his emotions. He started to describe crossing the finish line Sunday amid cheering crowds, then stopped. He needed a moment to collect his thoughts, to choke back tears. He started his story again. This time, the narrative began back on Boylston Street in Boston.

For Neynens, the 2013 London Marathon and 2013 Boston Marathon always will be linked. A week ago, Neynens, who lives in Enfield, Nova Scotia, waited on Boylston Street for his wife, Colleen, to finish Boston. Colleen spotted Harry in the crowd at the 26-mile mark, ran over, and kissed her husband. Then Harry walked down Boylston Street to catch up with Colleen once she crossed the line. She finished as 4 hours 7 minutes 12 seconds flashed on the race clock. He found himself 100 yards away from the bomb explosions and he saw some of the critically injured victims.

“I had a hard day out here,” said Neynens, who wore a 2013 Boston Marathon hat during his London run and finished in 2:48:09. “I was hurting, but obviously I was not hurting near as much as the injuries that I saw, people who lost their legs. I finished for all those people who were hurt and those people who couldn’t finish last Monday.

“There was a banner we passed around Mile 25 that said, ‘Run if you can. Walk if you must. But finish for Boston.’ That meant a lot to everybody. It was great to see the support of everybody out there for the runners and for Boston.”

 

It went beyond moral support, as this Associated Press report in the Boston Herald noted:

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For a day, at least, Boston and London were One as well.


Out of Editorial Control

April 16, 2013

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk

The local dailies adopt very different stances in today’s editorials about the Marathon bombing.

Start with the Boston Globe, which urges Bostonians to take the high road.

2013-04-15T214534Z_01_BOS08R_RTRMDNP_3_ATHLETICS-MARATHON-BOSTON-BLASTAfter Marathon attack, fellowship must prevail

BOSTON REMEMBERS its pain. The inscription on the back of the Beacon Hill memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his legendary Civil War regiment declares, “The memory of the just is blessed.” The plaque on the Bay Village site of the Cocoanut Grove fire describes a “phoenix out of the ashes.” The Public Garden memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11 proclaims, “The people of Massachusetts will always remember. . .”

A commitment to rise to the occasion, to endure what must be endured, to remember all who suffered and lost their lives in times of strife, is written into the fabric of the city . . . And just as the vibrant city surrounding the site of the Boston Massacre is the ultimate tribute to the Revolutionary generation, a renewed embrace of the fellowship inherent in the global marathon will be Boston’s way of honoring those who were killed or injured on April 15, 2013.

 

In other words, summoning the better angels of our nature, to borrow from Abraham Lincoln.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the tone is quite different.

Justice demands, get the bastards

Once again this nation has come under attack. But this time it is onour territory. This time it is on that patch of sacred ground we call Boston. And it was on that special day we reserve for celebrating everything that is good about our city — the day we welcome the world and its best runners into our midst. The day we make them part of our community for just a little while.

But on that day — Marathon Day, Patriots Day — this town was violated by those who clearly have no respect for life, particularly for the American way of life. On that day two well-placed and well-timed bombs brought the Marathon to a screeching halt, sent scores of spectators to the hospital and brought the terrorists what they wanted, what terrorists always seek — chaos, confusion and fear.

 

But, the editorial concludes, “[w]e will not live in fear. We will demand that the cowardly bastards who did this be brought to justice. Nothing else will do.”

Summoning the bitter angels of our nature, eh?