As we reported
yesterday, veteran sports columnist Randy Youngman
five staffers (damn, gotta pay attention to the boss's updates) laid off by the Orange County Register
. Four empty positions won't be filled.
Longtime readers of Youngman enjoyed his "Pickin' and Grinnin'" contests, but I always fancied his jabs at Keith Olbermann.
From an Aug. 18, 2009 column: "Like an ulcer that keeps coming back, Brett Favre won't go away. That might sound harsh, but at least I didn't compare him to herpes or to Keith Olbermann."
Youngman's tangles with Olbermann dated back to the era when the leftist polluted local TV news.
Youngman's older brother, Owen
, a knight professor of digital media strategy at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
, has posted a nice piece on the "Younger Youngman"
at his blog:
"Randy's deeply sourced, carefully wordsmithed columns about Orange County teams and Orange County players and Orange County golf made for satisfying reading in the print newspaper, and connected viscerally with a community that turned to the Register as a better way to understand that milieu than any alternative, past or present."
Indeed. Read the full post here.