ACES 2004 conference — Houston

Watching the dancers

March 18, 2004
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Watching the dancers

Thursday night is the first round in the NCAA tournament. After hard day of talking shop, folks are kicking back with libations and staring up at little TV screens. That’s Wayne Countryman, formerly of the Baltimore Sun, on the right. He’s been an email correspondent of mine going back to the mid-1990s; I met...

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Quickie update

March 18, 2004
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Did two nice seminars today … first one on ethics with role playing and debating right/wrong ways to do things. Crowd was more animated and funny that I would’ve expected for a gang of copy editors. It’s nice to be surprised. Nutgraf: Obey the inner voice telling you “we can’t put this in the...

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Whew, it’s over

March 18, 2004
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OK, it’s over and I survived. No tomatoes were hurled. Jeremy Verdusco of the Ocala Star Banner is standing next to me and I’m demonstrating how Movable Type, my blogging platform, works.

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About sunrise

March 18, 2004
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About sunrise

Yes, I did go to bed. Had wonderful dinner/drinks last night with Merrill Perlman of New York Times News Service and a couple other folks whose names have escaped me. Warning if you come to Houston: the meals are good, but they’re pricey. As are the drinks. Overheard: “These are New York prices.” Here...

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I’m here

March 17, 2004
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I’m here

In Houston, at the Hyatt, I’ve already met two of my heroes, John McIntyre (ACES prez), and Merrill Perlman of the New York Times. I’ll be in the lobby quaffing absurdly expensive drinks. ($6.50 for a gin and tonic? Geeze, it ain’t like I’m in San Francisco or anything.) Here’s some snowcapped mountains south...

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See you in Houston

March 16, 2004
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This is my last post before arriving in Houston at the ACES conference. I’m staying at the Hyatt; should arrive about 3:30 p.m. I have no plans for dinner yet so if you want to get together, send me an e-mail. I’m taking my trusty iBook along and will be checking my mail once...

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