flASHback’s new home

I’m not going to get into a heavy critique of the Star-Advertiser’s launch week. I had my turn calling the shots, and others deserve to have theirs without me heckling from the cheap seats. But I’ll say this:

Because of my Saturday “flASHback” column that reviews the week’s news, I’m very sensitive to local story counts.

After the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin went through newsroom layoffs and buyouts last year and one TV newsroom disappeared, the weekly news pickings got so slim at times that I found myself scouring high school math club newsletters for material.

When the Star-Advertiser asked me to continue the column after the two newspapers merged, I worried that there might not be enough news items to choose from to sustain it.

Maybe this was just a good news week, but the early verdict is that the Star-Advertiser passed the “flASHback” local story count test with flying colors.

When I sat down to write the column, my list of possible items that I compile from daily news accounts was the longest it’s been in awhile.

I don’t know if the punchlines were any good, but I can’t complain about the source material and hope it keeps up this way.

Which is a long way of pointing you to this week’s “flASHback” on the news that amused and confused, “Lingle and Hannemann take their shows on the road.”

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8 Comments on “flASHback’s new home”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Punchlines were great. Wish we could flASHback to the old HA on line, however…what’s left of the two is less than the worst of them.

  2. zzzzzz Says:

    Yes, I’ve noticed that it takes me a lot longer to read the S-A than it did the HA.

  3. jayz43 Says:

    Dave, good “flashback” column today. I’ll give you an “8” out of “10”.

    I just returned from the Kamehameha Day Parade: Only three marching bands, Navy, Royal Hawaiian and one from a Missouri hs. When I was at Kamehameha, we marched in that parade in our wool dress blues, hotter than hell, our parade route was uphill…both ways. That tells you how long ago that was.

    But we have some of the BEST marching hs bands in the country and we can’t get AT LEAST 1 or 2 of them to participate?! What’s up with that?!

    I guess quite a few of us have issues with this new paper:

    Returning home, I got on my computer to the SA site to check on the Curtis Cup, since Kono & Kim were entered. NOTHING. What I found was an old article (yesterday’s) which headlined, “Hur rides hot streak”, then proceeded to group the LPGA,PGA,Curtis & European tour, giving each a few lines of copy.

    Googling “Curtis Cup”, the headline trumpeted, “USA wins all 6 matches to take lead in Curtis Cup!”‎ WOW. That should have warranted some print!!

    I also don’t like “BREAKIN NEWS” in a small “scroll box”. If it’s breaking news, move it to the front and move the older news to the side.

    Enough. Just my rantings.

    In hindsight, about that “8”: I was thinking maybe “7.5”.

  4. David Shapiro Says:

    jayz43, I’ll attribute my drop from a B to a C+ to your worsening mood as you progressed into comments on other matters. On the Curtis Cup and scroll boxes, I can only give thanks that I’m not an editor anymore and those kinds of thing are somebody else’s problem.

  5. cloudia Says:

    Your flashback was the best thing in the new paper this week.

    It took KHON to break the story of Mufi’s fundraising mainland transit pals and his “co-mingling” of the mayor job and his campaign travels….

    Hope the paper develops further in coming weeks.

  6. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc Says:

    What I’d like to see is the Star-Bulletin’s index or table of contents on the right-side of the Star Advertiser on the main page. That made it so easy to click to stories and specific sections.

    The other thing I’d like to see would be the a real blog section like the Advertiser had with lots of different individuals talking about lots of different stuff. I really miss Charlie Memminger and Leslie Kawamoto and The Losties.

    As far as your Saturday musings, they are, as usual, really funny.

    When are we going to have a blog party?

  7. Michael Says:

    It seems there will always be 2 cent comments meaning that there is an abundance of topics from how fast does the grass in my yard or Who will veto the next space travel.

  8. Michael Says:

    Oh solo mio. Love my tenure voice. Flash Forward.

    lingle has not cleaned herself of any old tanure. rail is now an issue to be passed. Civil me timbers and a yuck, yuck, yuck. The tanure is getting thicker.
    First furlough Fridays, Civil unions and now the what to passing of Rail?

    After her Dim Sum dinners, she will need Pepto Bismal after she comes back. Wondered why the wind picked up again, hanneman is back. governor hanneman now if the rail is passed. Do I have this sinking feeling like da boat? da rail, da rail.


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