Author Archives: Tom "Press" Scanlon

About Tom "Press" Scanlon

Longtime journalist (North Coast News, Seattle Times, Mesa Tribune etc) and author ("Ocean Shores Tourist Killer," "Atlantis City").

Where were you…in ’72?

Three Rivers Stadium, anyone?

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Yo, Rocky! (no, not that one …)

Tribune Review review, Sept. 16, 2015: By Tom Scanlon The Steelers dynasty may have found its Homer. Unlike his famous teammates, Rocky Bleier was never an All Pro. Yet he may be a Hall of Fame storyteller, judging by the … Continue reading

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“Controversial” (or was it pedestrian?) story on the dangers of walking in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette essay on “R.I.P in Pittsburgh” and comments: By Tom Scanlon By the time you read this, I will probably be dead. No worries, it’s completely my fault, as I engage in extremely risky behavior. I’m not a sky … Continue reading

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Prescott: Home of the Friendly Ghosts

No “Amityville Horror” terrorizing or “The Shining” bloodbaths in Prescott, where lodging ghosts seem more ready to charm than harm. Daily Courier story

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Please join me in my drive to stamp out the whistling cell phone ring

Your contribution of as low as $1 and as high as infinity will help me make society a less annoying place to live.

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Please join me in my fight to outlaw “Selfies”

We must stop this, NOW, before it’s too late!

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Obama: “You CAN keep your doctor. As a friend.”

White House insider says Prez’s “you can keep your doctor under the new plan” quote was “taken out of context. He meant you can always stay on close terms with your doctor — there’s absolutely nothing in the Affordable Care … Continue reading

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Happy Precedents Day! Vote on your favorite Precedent:

a) Extended Happy Hour b) Casual Friday c) “Twates” (Twitter Dating) d) Medical Marijuana To Treat Colds (“Stone a Cold, Tweak a Fever”) e) Unattended Kids Running and Screaming Through Stores

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Putin wears Pussy Riot T-shirt, but experts say “his smile is obviously fake”

Pussy Riot in turn stages protest concerts, pledging “we won’t stop playing in churches until he takes off our T-shirt!”

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Tea Party Celebrates Cold Snap!

Outdoor rallies across Midwest, claiming “extreme cold temperatures disprove — again — the Global Warming Obamamyth!” Rallies deemed a success, though dozens of Tea Partiers taken to ER’s for pneumonia and flu-like syndromes.

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Obamacare “Black Friday Specials”

Presidential announcement coming soon: “Anyone who makes a Black Friday purchase of insurance on the ACA exchange will receive, in addition to deep discounts on excellent plans, two free co-pays.” 

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Found Stuff: “My Favoritest Movies, Ever”

Found a couple creepy, hand-written lists (I’ll save the “Best Scarey Movies” for Halloween) on an empty table at Scottsdale’s Mustang Library: My Favoritest Movies, Ever 1) The Psycho. “The Shower Scene” has to be the sexiest, ever! This is … Continue reading

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“Obamacardiac Arrest” epidemic?

According to unconfirmed reports, dozens — and possibly scores — of applicants for the so-called “Obamacare” health-care reform are becoming so frustrated by applications that suddenly delete, options that take forever to show up and other problems with crashing Affordable … Continue reading

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Martyr Caucus (formerly known as Suicide Caucus): “Death to Obamacare!”

At massive Tea Party meeting, many proudly displaying wearing grenade vests. Thundering applause to keynote speaker Ted Cruz, who declares, “Obamacare is Satan!” Breakout workshops include “Russian Roulette: A Primer,” “Six Hundred Sixty Six Reasons Why Obamacare is Evil” and … Continue reading

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Link to “writing projects”

Tom Scanlon’s writing projects blog . . . “Writing projects,” does that sound like a high school homework assignment, er what?

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Dinner Date

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Cactus Twilight

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Meditative

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Coming soon: “The Best of Locals Only”

Or the worst? Either way, this will be a benefit, with all proceeds going to North Beach PAWS (in memory of the great Joan Baus) and the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Tentative subtitle is “From Mayor Pie Fight Challenge to … Continue reading

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My first Letter to the NCN Editor!

Now I know the excitement tinged with anxiety of NCN letter submitters: Will my little missive be selected for publication? Oh, the suspense!

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Editor vs. Reader

And newspapers wonder why they lose readers . . . Letter to the NCN Editor, and his response: LETTER TO EDITOR Mr. Bruscas, I was sorely disappointed by your recent editorial regarding the motion made by Council member Schroeder to affirm … Continue reading

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More April 1 headlines

*Pope Approves Gay Marriage *North Korea Threatens to Blow Itself Into Annihilation: “We Have the Technology and the Will” *”A Gun in Every Backpack”: New NRA Plan Unveiled *Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler Gets New Title: City Administrator (Pay of … Continue reading

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World’s Second-Most Depressing “Bucket List”

Another strange “Bucket List” has surfaced, this one found in the pocket of a battered leather jacket  at the Aberdeen Salvation Army. It reads: Things 2 do before I OD: 10) Give my parole officer a wedgie 9) Find a … Continue reading

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Earthquake link

USGS earthquake site here. If you 

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Realistic prank or something I should really worry about?

Is this just a scary-sounding pre-April Fools joke, or a legitimate threat? I’m hoping it’s the former, but something makes me wonder about this email from an obviously fictitious email address (shutdownscanlon@gmail.com) Scanlon: Shut down your blog. SHUT IT DOWN … Continue reading

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