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December 8, 2013

GLYNN: Reporter taps into phone line to get scoop

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Niagara Gazette — After the arraignment, Spieler stood on the front lawn and filled in the reporters on everything that was said. (He even noted that Magaddino, wearing green pajamas, was propped up in bed and resting on his “queen-sized” mattress. When all the questions were answered, the reporters started scurrying for a phone. The closest one was Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, off Military Road, at least five minutes away if they were lucky to find a parking spot.

Spieler would beat them all to the punch. He simply walked over to a telephone pole by the road (he had made specific arrangements with the area Bell Telephone Co. manager) and plugged into a reserved line to dictate his story to the city desk at the Niagara Gazette. 

Some days a little planning goes a long way.

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BOOK NOTES: A new children’s book, “Johnnie’s Adventures: Lewiston’s Underground Railroad,” by Porter Historian Suzanne Simon Diez and illustrations by the Rev. Rex Stewart of the First Presbyterian Church, Youngstown, is off the press. Book signings are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Dory Trading Post, Main Street, in the village and after worship services Dec. 15 at the church.

In the wake of Thursday’s column (about local history books) some readers asked where they could purchase those publications. The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., has all the selections there were listed. In fact, it has one of the best collections in Western New York.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: Franchot Tone, a move actor once married to Joan Crawford, was the son of Frank Tone, a scientist and first president of the Carborundum Co., founded in Niagara Falls in 1891.

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COURT CHATTER: A friend in Philadelphia sends along this gem taken from a court stenographer’s transcript.

Attorney: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

Witness: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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