I warned Veronica Weber, in fall 2012, not to do me like the (fictional) press did the Jimmy Stewart character in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (they ran pictures of him doing bird-calls).
As insurance, I snapped this from my Stupid Cell Phone.
Meanwhile, next to a kind of back-handed announcement of my candidacy of Palo Alto City Council, they re-ran this picture of me. I actually think they ran a picture of me looking into space, to over-emphasize my Aquarian nature. (The other five candidates, in 2012, were depicted looking straight-on into camera).
I told Veronica that I wasn’t going to sit for her at all this time around. Plastic Alto competes with the Weekly, and seeks to surpass it some day. (By covering Palo Alto without a pro-developer bias, and without 60 pages of realtor ads).
I went thru a reporter training program with the Peninsula Times Tribune, at Lytton and Ramona, in 1984. Things have never been the same here, since the demise of the PTT. Even with three local rags.
Goodbye, Fourth Estate, we hardly knew you.
edit to add, the next day: As I mentioned in an email to a local residentialist activist and blogger: will it make a difference now that I have upgraded to Ludditte (and Jerry Mander-in) to MacBook Pro and Motorola Droid smartphone? I will update with new picture of Veronica, next time she wanders into range.