The team of Wellman and Palladino dates back to a simpler, more innocent era when there were only half-a-dozen categories in the Best Of because many of the things we rate and celebrate today had not yet been invented. Automobiles, for instance, were merely rumored as self-enclosed carriage devices, and health spas, indeed doctors, were more like campfire affairs around which drums and singing occurred. Clearly, the invention of journalism helped divert these two from the hunter-gatherer assignments they had performed. Of the two, Wellman has more technical savvy and knows more jokes that feature schnauzers in the punch line. Palladino enjoys learning new superlatives and interviewing Santa Barbarians who know how to make our town nice.


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