Tuesday, October 24, 2006

In the Dark

Carol DeMare's look back at the massive Northeast blackout of 1965 contains some excellent media anecdotes. Former WTEN reporter Bob Lawson, then working in local radio, recalls how he fed -by telephone- network news coverage to WTRY, the only area radio station that managed to stay on the air. And at the paper?
The Times Union devoted all seven stories on its front page to the blackout, with reporters and editors pecking away on typewriters in candlelight.
For you youngsters, a typewriter is a mechanical, device with a set of "keys" that, when pressed, cause characters to be printed on a document, usually paper.