This is so one-sided it can hardly be considered a “conversation,” but I thought it was worth posting since it might provoke some discussion.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, The Des Moines Register announced it was endorsing Mitt Romney for president. This surprised a lot of folks, and outraged some, in part because the Register hadn’t endorsed a Republican in 40 years or so.
I grew up in Iowa and recently moved back. My folks still live here. It is, as you probably know, a swing state.
The following conversation, had via text message right before the start of the baseball game Sunday night, has been edited a little for clarity purposes (spelling):
How About That of the Day: La Bougie du Sapeur (Sapper’s Candle) — named after a French comic-book character born on Leap Day — is a satirical newspaper founded in 1980 which is published only once every four years, on February 29th.
Jean d’Indy, editor of the quadrennial newspaper, says he and his writers gather at a restaurant ahead of Leap Day, and down a bottle of bubbly before getting down to brass tacks.
“We try not to be naughty; we just try to be funny,” d’Indy says. “But we are not funny. Life is funny. So, it’s the way of seeing life which is funny.”
Whatever that means.
The paper sells for $5 a copy, and all proceeds go to benefit charities. With a circulation of 150,000, La Bougie du Sapeur easily outsells all other French papers published today.
D’Indy says at one point he considered offering subscriptions, but dropped the idea when he realized it would too difficult to track down subscribers every four years.
Advertisement, Printer’s Ink, June 24, 1903.
Printer’s Ink was a bi-weekly trade magazine for the publishing industry that ran from 1888 to 1967.
The Minneapolis Journal ran from 1888 to 1939, when it was purchased by, and merged with, the Minneapolis Star.