Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart
Tales From the Last Glory Days of Cleveland Newspapers—Told By The Men and Women Who Reported the News
- Hardcover, 253 pages, 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-59851-016-4
Utterly fascinating . . . highly recommended anyone curious about heyday of newspapers. Library Book Watch
Listen in as dozens of veteran newspaper men and women share their favorite stories about life on the job at Cleveland's newspapers during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s—when spirited competition between the Cleveland Press and the Plain Dealer made the newspaper business the most exciting business in town.
Their stories are funny, tragic, human and sometimes outrageous. Read them and find out why reporters in those days knew they had the world's best job. Back then, the door to the city room was wide open and you never knew who might walk in—strippers, mental patients, circus clowns, the mayor . . . It was an amazing parade.
The best stories rarely just walked in, though. Reporters wore out shoe leather, jamming dimes into pay phones, pressing their ears to closed doors. Photographers recorded the action, whether a murder victim or a murderer or the Girl Scout who sold the most cookies.
Now, here are the stories behind the stories, told by the men and women who covered them. Includes eye-opening stories from investigative reporters, society writers, theater critics, sportswriters, photographers, editors, and many others.
A loving tribute to the art and science of being a newspaper reporter . . . The main thrust of this book is the rivalry between the “Plain Dealer” and the Press, which diedunceremoniouslyon June 17, 1982. An era died with it. But you can relive those bumptious, boisterous, downright rowdy days of the 50s through the early 80s with this book . . . You'll laugh, you'll cry, and go back to it time and time again for a bit more of the joie de vivre depicted within its pages. coolcleveland.com
Not only a welcome primary source of American History, but also utterly fascinating to read for pleasure, and highly recommended anyone curious about heyday of newspapers. Library Book Watch
A celebration of Cleveland's competing daily newspapers. If all the stories are to be believed, things were just a little bit zestier back then (a chapter titled “Too many martinis” is subtitled simply, “Drinking”), and though you get the sense these tales have been hauled out and dusted off a few times, nothing feels stale . . . A compelling reverie that reminds us of the value of good journalism and its place in a healthy and informed society. Ohio Authority.com
Portrays an era of wild public discussion, when Cleveland had three daily papers competing for news . . . In conversational style, and with the storytelling sensibility you'd expect from reporters, the likes of Fred McGunagle, Jim Strang, Bob Dolgan, Brent Larkin and many others tell what it was like: the breaking stories, the deadlines, the dead bodies, the martinis. It's a great portrait that, even if you didn't live through that age, will make you miss it. Cleveland Scene
If you are old enough to remember the “Cleveland Press,” you will enjoy these glimpses of the inner workings of the two daily papers because they remind you of a very different time. If you are younger, read this book to see what it was like when Cleveland was on top and when the news was gathered via shoe leather, phone calls, martinis and cigarettes and written to the clicking cadence of manual typewriters. clevelandseniors.com
For anyone who ever worked foror, for that matter, reada newspaper, it is an absolute delight. Morning Journal
About John H. Tidyman
John Tidyman is the author of eight books and has written for just about every publication in Northeast Ohio. After graduating from Lakewood High School, he was drafted and fought in the Vietnam War, and returned a 19-year-old buck sergeant. after stints as a waiter, a warehouseman, and an air freight agent, he joined the Cleveland Press as a reporter. He has been writing ever since. More About John H. Tidyman
Contains References to:
Carl Stokes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Feagler, Doris O'Donnell, Joseph E. Cole, Louis B. Seltzer, Ralph Perk, Sam Sheppard, Shondor Birns, Thomas Vail