MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY FOUR YEARS AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
I grew up sheltered in a village of 1,200 people; moving to Milwaukee and discovering things was huge.
- •Finding out about the National LampoonI saw the famous "If You Don't Buy This Magazine..." issue, and was hooked.
- •Checking "Portnoy's Complaint" out of the libraryThe librarian from my hometown library knew every patron and probably gossiped about their reading habits. That I could anonymously check out books from a big city library was huge.
- •Discovering New York magazineJohn Vivian, my News Reporting 101 professor, gave us a handout early in my freshman semester - a long feature from New York magazine. It was a profile of a young radio guy named Don Imus. I've read New York ever since; I've avoided Imus for 43 years now.
- •Watching "The Tomorrow Show" with Tom Snyder in the dormTom seemed so cool, smoking his cigarettes and laughing so hard at his own jokes. Fuck Carson; Tom was the guy I plopped down in my brown bean bag for at Tower Hall every night. Plus, he was a local boy who started out at a radio station just 5 blocks from my dorm.
- •Discovering Hunter S. ThompsonI saw Rolling Stone in the window of a Walgreen's store - it had Patty Hearst on the cover - and immediately fell in love with this "counterculture" magazine. HST was my favorite, of course, and I spent many nights at the Marquette library reading his stuff, including his travel pieces in the long-defunct National Observer.
- •Discovering Charlie PierceHe lived down the hall from my - in McCormick Hall Room 1114, I believe; I was in 1101. A year ahead of me, Pierce - now the great Esquire political writer - was editorial page editor of the Marquette Tribune. His greatest work in that role was using a handwriting analyst to catch the student government president writing anti-Pierce/Tribune letters using another student's name.