Short-Term Memories

B. Dale Davis, avuncular Grand Gouda over at the News-Press, contacted for his reaction to our recent happy wedding, surprised everyone over here with his effusive admiration for this town’s late weeklies. “You folks have done a very fine job,” B. Dale told the Poodle, “for the kind of assignment, for the kind of target you’d set out to shoot for…” In fact, B. Dale told Poodle, we’re more interesting to read than “most writers I read, frankly.” We copy that. (From “The Angry Poodle Barbecue” by Trixie.)

The fight over the Cypress Point development project — slated for a 70-acre piece of oceanfront land overlooking Hendry’s Beach — has now shifted to the Santa Barbara City Council after the Planning Commission shot down a proposal last Thursday to build a major senior retirement community there. (From “Lost in the Woods” by Nick Welsh.)

“It was like the Ali-Frazier fight,” said Jim Poett, publisher of the freshly defunct News & Review, when asked to comment on the merger of the paper with The Weekly. “Both papers have their strengths, but the thought of going on and on like we were … well, it was just very boring.” Boring? Maybe for those in the business end or those in the news department the merger seemed to be a nice compromise; positive results from a long summit. Possibly the arts reporters and critics considered it poetic justice or the logical climax. But for the sports departments, it was like having a minute-thirty left in the fourth quarter with the score tied and suddenly hearing over the loudspeaker that the game is over — the Raiders and the Cowboys have merged. (From “Ali-Frazier vs. the Great White Male” by Dana Brown.)

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