Author Archives: Zay Smith

And maybe a golf course where Downton Abbey was

News Headline: “Trump budget has Public Broadcasting in a fight for its life.”
Plans now call for the big wall to extend along Sesame Street into Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.
And the nation’s children will pay for it..

. . . born every minute

News Headline: “Who likes Donald Trump? A closer look at his supporters.”
Wait! Don’t look!
Avert your–
Too late?


News Headline: “Former Sun-Times editor Ralph Otwell dies; guided investigations.”
Ralph Otwell was one of the editors who gave the nod to hiring a young QT at the Chicago Sun-Times some years ago.
He had many gifts as an editor.
One of them was dedication.
QT just now remembers a passage from its book on the Sun-Times Mirage Tavern investigation.
It was the night before the first story hit the streets:

Editor Ralph Otwell meanwhile watched as page-one proofs were pulled for the Sunday Chicago Sun-Times. He had gone down to the composing room at 10 p.m. to mark the moment. When the first proofs came off, he looked them over, nodded to himself and prepared to leave.
But then Otwell remembered that story-stealing didn’t stop at the editorial level. One newspaper’s proofs sometimes ended up in another newspaper’s composing room.
So he put tobacco in his pipe, lighted it, folded his arms and watched as the proofs for the first week of Mirage stories were pulled.
One hour went by and then another. Otwell puffed on his pipe and watched.
It was after midnight when the last proofs were pulled, counted and put in the proper hands. The type chases were locked away.
Otwell tapped out his pipe, said goodnight and went home.

The good die young.
And sometimes at age 90.

From the QT news ticker

News Headline: “Is Trump an unstable leader?”
News Headline: “Can Trump tell the truth from lies?”
News Headline: “Can we believe anything that comes out of the White House press office?”
News Headline: “Trump and Russia: Is it Watergate yet?”
News Headline: “Finally presidential?”
Yes, on occasion, on occasion, getting there, are you joking.
See how easy?

QT news you can use

QT reported yesterday that it was the ninth day in a row without a single sunspot
on the sun.
It is now the 10th day without a single sunspot.
But really. Don’t give it another thought.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Optimism Month.
And March.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline: “Trump, Xi set to meet first time in Florida in April.”
D.B,, a Chicago reader, writes:
“As opposed to all the meetings in other locations during other months?”
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that “penultimate” doesn’t mean “quintessential.” but only “second to last”?
And that “cache” rhymes with “sash”?
And doesn’t that make QT’s penultimate reminder a penultimate reminder?


Frontiers of science

News Headline: “People think they’re nicer than they actually are, study finds.”
Hey, researchers..
Yeah, you.
Beat it. Scram.
No one is nicer than QT.

QT news you can use

This is the ninth day in a row without a single sunspot on the sun.
But don’t give it another thought.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

The University of California, Berkeley,  responding to black students who say they feel “isolated” on campus, has established a resource center for black students only.