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Byline: Bob Welch There are a number of famous people of this name including:
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It was the late '70s when word came down from our publisher at The Bulletin in Bend that we were shifting from typewriters to "word processors."

"There's no way you're getting me to put out a newspaper on one of those blanking computers," said our news editor, a 50-something guy who would already have a couple of cigarette butts mashed mash  
1. A fermentable starchy mixture from which alcohol or spirits can be distilled.

2. A mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl.

3. A soft pulpy mixture or mass.

 in his ash tray by the time I arrived at 6 a.m.

Though I, not yet 30, chortled at the geezer's unwillingness to change, I quietly grieved losing the chk-chk-chk sound of a typewriter. Writing without the poetic sound of clattering clat·ter  
v. clat·tered, clat·ter·ing, clat·ters

1. To make a rattling sound.

2. To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates.
 keys seemed wrong, like the Beatles without Ringo's drums.

But the news editor survived and I survived; in fact, I can't imagine having to write on a typewriter now. Ambiance am·bi·ance also am·bi·ence  
The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment: "The noir ambience is dominated by low-key lighting . . .
 is nice, but when you discover you've misspelled a word 81 times in a book manuscript, there's a lot to be said for the search-and-replace function.

Now, some 30 years later, I'm a 50-something guy - "geezer geezer noun Medtalk American slang for an offensive and/or dull-witted old person, especially a ♂ in hospitals, geezer is a highly derogatory term for an elderly, cantankerous, often poorly-educated ♂ Pt verb " to my young colleagues - and today I will begin a Register-Guard blog.

At first, I wasn't coming willingly to this party, mentally squashing a cigarette in my curmudgeon's ash tray. But then I remembered what a colleague had told me long ago about computers.

"They're just a tool," she said. "The words are still yours."

She was right, of course. What initially soured me on blogs - a conjunction of "Web" and "log," as in logging thoughts on the Web - was how some people used them.

A faraway far·a·way  
1. Very distant; remote.

2. Abstracted; dreamy: a faraway look.


1. very distant

 friend had started one; in fact, sent a tome of life philosophy daily. When I e-mailed to ask how he was, the reply stung. In essence: Check out my blog.

Later, after a similar exchange, I felt like someone calling a friend to have lunch and being told, "Have your people call my people." Like, suddenly, I wasn't dealing with a person, but a persona.

I wanted to exchange e-mails, you know, one-on-one conversation, the grit and grist of a relationship. He wanted to send me a 365-day-a-year Christmas letter, telling me what he told everyone else.

Meanwhile, though, something else happened: I started reading the Duck football blog of barely-30 Register-Guard reporter Rob Moseley. Hey, this was cool stuff.

Bottom line: I'm now looking forward to blogging - did I just say that? - but I want it to be supplemental to, not a replacement of, our regular relationship.

Yes, we're dropping the Monday "Where Are They Now?" column to give me blog time. But if the in-print column represents three square meals a week, the blog is between-meals snacks. Yippee yip·pee  
interj. Informal
Used to express joy or elation.


an exclamation of joy, pleasure, or anticipation

It might include info I couldn't fit in that day's column, reactions from readers, not-ready-for-prime-time tidbits TidBITS is an award-winning electronic newsletter and web site dealing primarily with Apple Computer and Macintosh-related topics. Internet publication
TidBITS has been published weekly since April 16, 1990, which makes it one of the longest running Internet publications.
, even photos.

For example, my opening pitch is more insight, including photos, on Monday's ride with the snowplow operators. And a new twist to Marcola's squirrel squirrel, name for small or medium-sized rodents of the family Sciuridae, found throughout the world except in Australia, Madagascar, and the polar regions; it is applied especially to the tree-living species.  controversy.

Clearly, the blog is a work in progress, like riding a bicycle while putting it together. But I think it'll be fun, insightful and interactive - because of you, dear readers.

I invite you to add your thoughts as, together, we try to figure out this place called home. Wherever you're rooted in the glorious county of Lane, I hope you'll visit blogville from time to time. And those of you beyond: feel free to join in as we try to make sense of a place that, at least at its Eugene epicenter, sometimes defies understanding. (Is it possible for a city to lose two hospitals to the same neighbor?)

I might blog all day long. I might have blog-free days. I might blog three times from 6 p.m. to midnight, which would, of course, make it a three-blog night.

Regardless of the number of entries, I'm ready I'm Ready is the double platinum second release from R&B singer Tevin Campbell. I'm Ready yielded the biggest R&B hit of his career the #1 R&B smash "Can We Talk", and produce 3 more successful hits in "I'm Ready", "Always In My Heart" and "Don't Say Goodbye Girl".  for the new frontier New Frontier

President John F. Kennedy’s legislative program, encompassing such areas as civil rights, the economy, and foreign relations. [Am. Hist.: WB, K:212]

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. Because, as my long-ago colleague said, they're still my words. And, I hope, your words, too.

Welch's blog is at Welch can be reached at 338-2354 or
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Date:Feb 10, 2008
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