— “Duck, duck, moose” in the NY Daily News about a mounted moose head that fell off the wall onto a woman’s head. Even the followup story was funny when someone pointed out that the said moose head actually was that of a caribou.
— “What a scary world — it’s draining men!” in today’s (1/08) Daily News about the latest vampire-related movie.
Stories that struck my fancy:
— A NY Times sports story by Pete Thamel about substitute basketball player Mark Titus who makes the most of his bench time by writing a blog followed by nearly 2 million people last year. Talk about making something out of nothing.
— Dear John letter written to the Lower East Side by longtime resident and writer John Vorwald who opines that he doesn’t recognize his sweetheart anymore now that she’s all gussied up with the interlopers. Nice execution of a good idea.
— Great obit in the NY Times by writer Margalit Fox about strip club impresaria Alice Schiller (photo) who opened the Pink Pussycat College of Striptease in Los Angeles after her husband bought a strip club. Schiller just might be the founder of the modern stripper. She managed to get the infamous Rat Pack boys to stop by after giving her strippers names like Fran Sinatra and Deena Martin. You’ve got to love people like this.
— Touching followup story by Michael S. Schmidt in the NY Times about the mother of an NYU student — Andrew Williamson-Noble — who recently jumped to his death in the school’s Bobst Library. The mom is organizing to bring awareness to student suicides just as she did years ago when another of her children died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. You can read more on this mother’s blog.
Best Television: There are a lot of things that television does better than print. Showing emotion is one of them and so is the feeling of “being there.” And 60 Minutes did that better than anyone last week with a piece on “Birdmen,” a crazy bunch of guys who jump from mountains wearing nothing more than a wing suit and “flying” next to sheer cliffs at 150 mph. Fantastic video. You have to see this piece to believe it and I still don’t.