RHYMES AND REASONS
Why I'm crazy about March Madness; PLUS, The Worm of the Big Apple and The Death of a Newspaper
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
March 20, 2009
While on Wall Street they march madly
The Worm of the Big Apple
He made off with a ton of bucks
and now his future really sucks.
Old Bernie's hoping prison fare
is better than he's heard.
From Penthouse rich to big house poor,
this scoundrel's rotten to the core.
The great big apple found its worm
and Bernie was his name.
And now that greedy slimy worm
won't do much more than crawl and squirm.
Who duped the trusting now will pay,
but not the ones he owes.
So, what's to learn from one like him?
Primarily that greed is sin.
A lust for more results in less
than that for which we long.
The Death of a Newspaper *
Is the P-I's Demise a Sign of the Times?
Yes it's true. The P-I's folded.
It's a sign too of the Times.
As that giant globe stops spinning,
we'd best read between the lines.
Journalism as we've known it
(home delivery and newsstands)
can't survive the online revol.
Ink on newsprint has few fans.
Hearst is hurting. So's the Tribune.
What was king is now a page.
Soon that page will be a jester.
That's the bad news of our age.
P-I paper? Morning coffee?
Sad to say the first has died.
Once a marriage made in heaven.
Now it's over. Have you cried?
* Having grown up in the Seattle area, I was exposed to both the morning Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the afternoon Seattle Times. The shut down of the P - I is like the death of a family member. From the time I was in elementary school, I remember paperboys on street corners and at sporting events shouting out "P - I paper!" But, alas, after more than 140 years of publishing a morning newspaper, the Post-Intelligencer is no more.
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