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Referencing a Newspaper, the ‘Olde-Timey’ Kind

For me, Louise Wibbenmeyer’s “God moment” was my lede moment. “Lede” is olde-timey newspaper lingo for the beginning of a story, which is called “content” in the language of today.

So, I started my content about Catholic voting with her “God moment,” which included the St. Louis Review. After being asked to participate in a panel on voting from a Catholic perspective, the St. Vincent de Paul High School guidance counselor had read an opinion content about that very subject by the esteemed George Weigel.

Thus, in the Review dated Feb. 22-28, I referenced her referencing the Review. How could I not use that?

Photog Lisa Johnston also snapped (“made,” in modern lingo) Wibbenmeyer’s picture holding the Review, which didn’t make the dead-tree paper but hopefully is here in the virtual world … 1s and 0s on a server somewhere. Who knows how that stuff works?

Anyway, Wibbenmeyer quoted Weigel about the makeup of the Supreme Court and the potential for the next President of the United States (SCOTUS and POTUS, for acronym hipsters) to nominate four justices, but probably three now that Justice Antonin Scalia has died on Barry’s watch.

The point is that voters should make researched and reasoned decisions about candidates when they go to the polls and use old-school punch-cards or computers to vote.

“We’ve prayed about it and know our stance as Catholics,” said senior Levi Krauss, who organized the panel for St. Vincent’s 33-member senior class. “Now it’s time for us to get out and make sure we … find the (candidates) who support the things that St. Vincent has instilled within us.”

Someone on the panel talked about students, prospective voters, doing research by reading newspapers – a quaint thought in this day and age.

Of course, leaf-ing through newspapers or magazines is far, far easier than pointing-and-clicking 1,000 times to find what you need without being distracted by something else you find. Unfortunately, “hits” in being distracted drive the virtual economy, and newspapers, sadly, are going the way of the dinosaurs.

But rather than going on a screed about modern life, this old newspaper guy is writing “contents” for a living but referencing someone referencing a – gasp — newspaper.