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June 16, 2014

CITY DESK: Week off musings

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Niagara Gazette — • Item No. 3 - List of reporting do’s and don’ts from legendary Buffalo newsman and my old intern boss at WBEN radio, Brian Meyer. 

First thought: How many times do I adhere to Meyer’s golden rules of quality journalism in a given day or week? Have I done an adequate job of passing them along to my staff today? 

Lasting Impression: Another Jankiewicz type influence in my life, the kind of person who taught me a great deal about a lot of little things that still stick with me today. Brian treated his interns as professionals as well as human beings. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. 

• Item No. 4 - A copy of The Boston Globe newspaper from Aug. 14, 1995.

First thought: I still have this? Wow. How cool. I saved the edition because it came out the day after the death of legendary New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle. I happened to be in enemy territory during a tour of Boston as a chaperone to a bunch of kids from the Clarence youth center. 

Lasting Impressions: Seeing the flag atop Fenway at half staff in honor of one of the rival club’s best players of all time. Another impression: What an older Red Sox fan said to one of the youth center kids in our group. The boy — who couldn’t have been more than 10-years-old — stood up mid game and shouted “Red Sox stink,” only he used a more colorful word starting with an s that rhymes with puck. The Boston fan behind him, gently grabbed him by the shoulder, turned him around, looked him in the eyes and said: “Hey kid, around here, saying stuff like that will get you killed.”

Funny, the little guy didn’t say another word out for the rest of the game. 

Contact reporter Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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