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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

F rom the Stephen Glass affair to 63 weekly hours of weak TV newsmagazines, Memphis Flyer's Jim Hanas recounts a year's worth of disappointing media stories in "1998 News In Review." The only bright spot for reporters? "At least this year they didn't kill a princess," Hanas notes.

In our holiday hangover feature, "St. Nicked," Newcity Chicago's Carl Kozlowski dons a Santa suit and proceeds to go on a holly-jolly spree of smoking, dancing and picking up chicks. Meanwhile, Nashville Scene's James Hanback Jr. details how well online shopping sites held up during the season in "Getting Crowded."

Our columnists serve up plenty of year-end reminiscences in this issue, and difficult family issues come up repeatedly. In "Present Danger," Nashville Scene's John Bridges recalls the year his father forced a BB gun on him when all he really wanted was a book on the history of opera. Mubarak S. Dahir recalls the "Last Goodbye" a gay son offered to his supportive mother in Memphis Flyer. And in "Family Matters," Nashville Scene's Walter Jowers discovers the positive attributes of his alcoholic, criminal dad.




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1998 News In Review [2]
Six things that shaped the media in 1998.
— Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [11]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [12]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 

Volume II, Issue 27
December 28 - January 4, 1999  
 
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St. Nicked [3]
A man in a Santa Suit spreads the wrong kind of cheer.
— Carl Kozlowski, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Getting Crowded [4]
Shopping online put an end to seasonal anxiety, right? Think again, sez James Hanback.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Columns
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Present Danger [5]
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep--but John Bridges is stuck there with a lousy BB gun.
— John Bridges, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Family matters [6]
Good isn't just a matter of yes or no, as Walter Jowers remembers.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Last Goodbye [7]
A son remembers a mother's gifts.
— Mubarak S. Dahir, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Pilgrim's Progress [8]
Away in a camper, no shocks for their bed, the little, poor Canadians lay down their sweet heads...
— Jeff Smith, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Letters At 3 AM [9]
Warning: Bible lesson.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Xmas-Shmeckmas [10]
Some random thoughts on the holiday season...
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

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