Yes, we columnists actually congregate. It’s that time again, so break out the Hawaiian shirts, martini shakers and bail money!
This year’s booze and shmooze fest sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is in Philadelphia. (There’s a joke in there somewhere.) I believe I’ve caught up on my dues, so I’ll be there, June 21-24.
The conference chair is Stu Bykovsky, a legendary columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, a great tabloid with the classic slogan: “Making Enemies Since 1925.” Bykovsky once ran for mayor of the so-called “City of Brotherly Love” ( That’s a laugh– Ever go to an Eagles game?) and damned if he didn’t get enough petition signatures to get on the ballot. He was so popular, his editors feared he might sway the election, and he had to withdraw his candidacy.
The NSNC conference has some interesting guests, among them Bill O’Reilly who will give a breakfast keynote address titled, “Ideology in the Print Press.” Gee, I can’t wait. Got any questions for Bill? I’ll try to pass them on.