Westwords: Observations From the Desk of a Small-Town Newspaper Publisher

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AuthorHouse, Sep 24, 2008 - Humor - 268 pages
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WestWords is a collection of columns by Dennis West that have appeared in The Beacon, a newspaper that covers the Walworth County, Wisconsin, area. The essays, most of which are humorous, contain a great deal of information, trivia and (non-caloric) food for thought. Among the subjects treated in WestWords are: • Pogo, the Old English Sheep Dog who was in the running for world’s dumbest canine • The author’s mother, a frustrated nurse who painfully injected her children with penicillin the consistency of toothpaste every time they sneezed • A musical career that ended when the author took a shot at playing drum major instead of his sousaphone and couldn’t keep 100 University of Illinois band members from marching through a hedge • A Roman used-chariot salesman who invented a truth serum • plus essays about language misuse, TV commercials, heavy-metal music and much more. Add a generous helping of trivia and you have a humorously entertaining, informative and thought-provoking collection by award-winning journalist Dennis West, publisher and editor of a wildly popular small-town newspaper called The Beacon.

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About the author (2008)

Dennis West was born, old and grumpy, in Rockford, Ill., in 1943. He attended the University of Illinois in Urbana for two years, then stumbled through a number of jobs before landing one at WROK radio. He spent most of the next 25 years selling advertising, managing others who did the same, and finally becoming president and general manager of WIFR-TV and a Vice President of Worrell Broadcasting. During his 21 years at WIFR, he won several awards for editorial writing from such organizations as United Press International, the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters Association. He also served on the CBS Television Network Affiliates Board. After leaving television in 1988, he and his wife, Kathi, moved to their summer home in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A year later, he returned to school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he finished the journalism degree he had begun in 1961. After serving as editor of The Bay Times and running his own advertising agency, he purchased a monthly newspaper called The Beacon, in 1996. It has since become a bi-weekly publication with a circulation of 20,000 in the greater Walworth County, Wis., area, which includes the resort communities of Lake Geneva and Delavan. Part of that publication is a section called Good Humour, the British spelling of which has kept the ice cream company from suing him. In addition to WestWords, he has completed “Bringlish: A Reader’s and Viewer’s Guide to British English,” which should be available shortly.

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