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Date Posted: 21:56:12 05/03/16 Tue
Author: North Shore Drive-Through
Subject: Re: Fine answer. Here's another question
In reply to: Former PGer 's message, "Re: Fine answer. Here's another question" on 15:50:12 05/02/16 Mon

A fascinating mini-history of the PG under the Block family. It's pretty much agreed the late Bill Block, Sr. loved Pittsburgh and the PG staff. He cared enough to set up meetings in the neighborhoods of PG circulation areas to meet with everyday readers about what they liked or disliked about the PG. Imagine nephew JR Block or his pal Dartmouth Dave doing that. They'd rather skinny-dip in the Point Park fountain.

Call him Kid Robbie, JR, John R, John Robbie or whatever. You make a good case for his commitment to keeping the two remaining family newspapers. He wants to be the next Punch or Arthur Sulzberger, down to the "courtesy titles" meant in his view to show "respect" that are snotty and pretentious instead. His vision of the PG is like a regional NYT, playing to Western PA elite and no one else. Dartmouth Dave (or Beltway, or Big Shrib or the Shribster) has his own fixation: using his dull, wonkish Sunday column to define himself as Walter Lippman 2.0. That's a name few remember (look it up on Wikipedia) or care about in 2016.

Spoiled rich kids can afford such fantasies but you caught the big point: JR is but one vote on the board of a family-owned corporation. About the time the others say, "Family legacy or not, we can't and won't absorb any more losses, so either sell or close them both," things will hit the fan quickly here and in Toledo. Buyers would be tough to find. Who folds first? It's a good bet your predictions are going to be right since two other spoiled rich kids with the last names of Scaife may be the downfall of their late dad's Trib Total Media hobby project if the courts rule their way.

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