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Date Posted: 10:33:16 05/04/16 Wed
Author: Former PGer
Subject: Re: Fine answer. Here's another question
In reply to: North Shore Drive-Through 's message, "Re: Fine answer. Here's another question" on 21:56:12 05/03/16 Tue

The neighborhood meetings were the idea of editor John Craig, not Bill Block. Bill was actually pretty hands-off when dealing with the staff, which, yes, respected the man greatly.

It was common to see Bill eating lunch in the basement coffee shop, sitting in one of the booths talking with a pressman or driver.

Craig, who always thought he was the smartest man in the room, even when the room once included Edward Teller, would never break bread with any of the PG's unwashed. BUT, he was obsessed with the PG being part of the community. The name AND the telephone number of each editorial department head was was always listed each day at the bottom the editor's repective section front. For a few years, Craig even had an annual one-hour telephone session in the evening, in which the department heads were available to discuss anything with the readers.

And, the call-in sessions were well advertised in the paper and each editor had the phone glued to his/her ear for the entire 60 minutes. Good luck finding a telephone number, or an e-mail address, for Shribman, ME Sue Smith or any of the PG department heads in Beltway's PG.

His failure, or even to give an honest attempt, to connect with the community is Dave Shribman's most egregious failure since arriving in Pittsburgh.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Fine answer. Here's another question -- Cookies 'n Coffee, 01:48:47 10/11/16 Tue [1]

Not one of the top PG editors could do neighborhood meetings now. Not Beltway, not Sue Smith or John Allison.

The Trib may be down for the count no matter what Bertetto and her bumbling "all's well" contingent say about the place, but the PG better not get too cocky. Sending Shrib back to New England would be an improvement.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Fine answer. Here's another question -- 4th Floorer, 19:22:21 10/20/16 Thu [1]

Yeah, John Craig was obsessed with P-G being part of the community. He was so passionate about it that first chance he got, he bailed out of the Mexican War Streets and headed for Sewickley.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Fine answer. Here's another question -- Community Journalist, 23:28:06 10/20/16 Thu [1]

Isn't that still part of the newspaper's community? It's 10 miles from Downtown, not like he moved to Morgantown.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Fine answer. Here's another question -- 4th Floorer, 16:10:54 10/21/16 Fri [1]

Yeah. It's not like he wanted to get out of the city and away from all them scuzzy people.

All he wanted was the spiritually and academically enriching and varied experience of the suburbs. Just wanted to save you the trouble of having to offer that explanation.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Fine answer. Here's another question -- Real Journalist, 07:43:54 10/21/16 Fri [1]

So the people pooh-poohing Craig's era believe John Robbie Block and Beltway Dave, are better stewards of the PG, and more concerned with the paper's relationship with the region it serves?

If so, excuse me while I laugh.

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