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Cleveland’s Last Newspaper Era May 4, 2010

Posted by Chris in Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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Remember having a choice of great local newspapers with which to start and end your day? Let John H. Tidyman remind you.

In his newest book, “Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart…” Tales from the Last Glory Days of Cleveland Newspapers,* Tidyman lets you listen in as veteran newspaper men and women talk about what it was like to write for Cleveland’s major metropolitan dailies—the Cleveland Press, the Cleveland News and the Plain Dealer—during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. What makes this book a good read is hearing the reporters describe in their own words the joys and agonies of competing to break a story, to tell it better, to make it memorable. So does hearing the story behind the story of some our local-turned-national news events: the Kent State shootings, the Sam Sheppard trial, the Beverly Jarosz case plus plenty of community happenings like the Hough Riot, Cleveland’s mafia fights and more. These wonderful reporters, editors, photographers, writers, critics all help to bring back yesterday’s headlines. The black-and-white photos of the newsrooms with typewriters, teletype machines, and very few women, present the realities of the past. The way we were. And who better to share this story than Tidyman, an ex-reporter of the Cleveland Press, and Cleveland publisher, Gray & Company.

~Chris

*Given by the publisher to our library for the purpose, and pleasure, of reviewing.

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