Howard Owens is a digital media pioneer. He started publishing local news online in 1995 when very few local news outlets had web sites. The header image on the site depicts the film camera he used early in his career and the press pass from his year on the staff of the Carlsbad Journal. For more on Howard's professional background, read his LinkedIn profile.
HowardOwens.com is the personal web site of Howard Owens and covers his range of interests -- political localism and libertarianism, music and personal interests, as well as his professional interests.
Howard is currently publisher of The Batavian and lives in Batavia, N.Y.
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Daily Archives: December 28, 2006
Ford is probably best remembered as a klutz, even though he was in fact quite athletic. He has Chevy Chase to thank for the legacy, but Ford always played along.
He explained in his book, “I believe it is always better to err on the side of more exposure and access rather than less. At that time, the media and the general public still resented any hint of ‘imperial’ trappings in connection with the presidency or the White House.”
Ford’s best comeback to Chase came at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in 1975.
When emcee Bob Hope introduced him, Ford got up from the table, “accidentally” caught the tablecloth in his trousers and dumped silverware in Chase’s lap.
As he approached the podium, he pretended to trip, prompting the pages of the speech he was carrying to fly into the audience.
When he got to the microphone and the laughter began to diminish, Ford reached into his coat pocket, pulled out the real script and said, “Good evening. I’m Gerald Ford and you’re not.”
So did Ford’s transparency help or hurt him? Continue reading
My good friend and former co-worker Bradley Fikes is blogging now — and I didn’t know.Â He leaves a comment on a post below, and then I know. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known. Maybe I didn’t notice because he hasn’t blog rolled me. The crumb.Â Well, like it or not, he’s now on my Buddy List.
Brad’s one of the smartest guys I know, and it looks like he’s writing a lot about media stuff, so you should check him out. Continue reading