We’re chasing quotes all the way into a new year


city_scope_logo-cmykIt’s a tradition embraced by this corner over the past decade or so — bidding farewell to the departing year with a bevy of quotes gleaned from the comings and goings of the previous 365 days.

What began as the stage for those in the glare of the spotlight at city hall has now become a forum that includes Times-Journal readers and T-J website and Facebook posters.

Revisiting the wit and wisdom — and at times the lack of same — can often ruffle the feathers of those quoted and we offer in our defence this observation from George Orwell — born Eric Arthur Blair — English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic.

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” Continue reading

That was the year that was, in words


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After an enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s hiatus, City Scope returns with a tradition dating back to 2005, when we welcomed the incoming year by casting a final glance back to focus on the wit and wisdom served up by some of those individuals who graced this corner over the previous 365 days.

Since that debut, we have broadened our horizon to include quotes from a variety of sources, including Times-Journal readers.

As an unabashed collector of quotes, this flashback is an enviable task that neatly ties the preceding 12 months into a compact package to open and savor at the demise of another year.

And, as American writer and editor Daniel Okrent deftly observed, “I’m afraid we’ll see reporters stop chasing quotes around the same time dogs stop chasing cars.”
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Anything you say will be misquoted


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It’s a tradition dating back to the early days of City Scope in 2005 when we greeted the new year with an overview of the previous 365 days, focusing on the wit and wisdom of those who inhabit the council chamber at city hall.
That custom has continued unabated — albeit expanded — to include quotes from a variety of sources, including Times-Journal readers.
As an unabashed collector of quotes, this flashback is an enjoyable task that neatly ties the preceding 12 months into a tidy packet to open and savor at the demise of another year.
And as American writer and editor Daniel Okrent deftly observed, “I’m afraid we’ll see reporters stop chasing quotes around the same time dogs stop chasing cars.”
With that preamble, let’s glean a year’s worth of columns to capture the essence of 2013 in a local context.
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