Planes, Birds And Journalism

Many years ago, when I was an editor at The Hartford Courant, the mascot of the University of Connecticut, a Siberian husky (named Jonathan X not for any radical associations but because he was the tenth such mascot) slipped his leash and was killed by a car.

I was working that day and was involved in assigning the coverage of this event, which appeared on the front page of The Courant the next day. This placement seemed excessive to a fellow journalist with whom I am well-acquainted, despite this particular dog’s prominence and symbolic meaning.

“Look, another A1 story,” he would shout, every time he saw road kill. This went on for years.

I’m starting to understand what he meant, particularly when I read another story about a plane hitting birds.


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