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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Great minds run in Star Trek circles ...

A big time newspaper columnist ended his Sunday column by quoting a Star Trek movie.

So did I.

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Him:

Abramson’s Exit at The Times Puts Tensions on Display — David Carr | The New York Times

" ... Before I came to work here, Gerald Boyd, the crusty — or should I say "pushy"? — managing editor who would eventually be swept up in the Jayson Blair affair, was interviewing me. I could tell it was not going well. He was skeptical of my lack of daily experience and my more noisy tendencies. I finally realized what he was waiting to hear.

" ‘I understand that if I come to work at The New York Times, the needs of the many will frequently supersede the needs of the one,’ I said.

"I meant it when I said it and I learn the truth of it with each passing day."

Me:

Truth about public land gets lost in translation — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

" ... George Pyle, a Tribune editorial writer, was the only one in the theater who laughed when the Klingon prosecutor said, ‘Don’t wait for the translation,’ in ‘Star Trek VI’."

Probably not enough to get me a gig at The Times. But kinda cool anyway.



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