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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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