Archivist

Dave Astor, 2009-17 archivist

Baristanet.com, DaveAstorOnLiterature.com

Dave Astor has written the ultra-local, award-winning “Montclairvoyant” weekly topical-humor column since 2003 – first for The Montclair (N.J.) Times and then, starting in 2017, for Baristanet.com. He began his weekly DaveAstorOnLiterature.com blog in 2014, and is the author of the 2017 literary-trivia book Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time.

His first book was the 2012 memoir Comic (and Column) Confessional – which includes several mentions of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Dave – who earned an English degree from Rutgers College and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism — has also been a magazine writer/editor, newspaper reporter, and freelance cartoonist.

He is NOT related to the wealthy Astors!

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  1. Larry Maddry
    February 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Hello David,
    My favorite columnist of all time was Mike Royko who wrote for the Chicago
    Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. I invited Royko to speak to the columnists workshop alluded to in the NSNC history and offered to pay for his air fare. He declined.”I don’t fly” he said. “And the bus trip would be a hard slog.””
    But he wished me good luck with the workshop I mention this because I had no real verification of Royko’s aversion to flying until recently purchased a collection of his columns: “The Best of Mike Royko -One More Time.” (University of Chicago
    Press)
    Royko wrote:
    A long time ago I rode in airplanes. But that was before I figured out what was
    really happening.
    It occurred to me that I was in a metal container, five miles above the Earth
    moving at 600 miles an hour, 10 miles a minute, a mile every 6 seconds
    I asked myself ” What the hell am I doing in a metal container, 5 miles above
    the Earth, moving at 600 miles an hour?”
    I closed my eyes and pictured myself in a thin suit of armor running 600 miles an hour into a brick wall. The thought upset me.
    Then I thought of myself in an aluminum box, being dropped off a cliff five miles
    above a sidewalk. That sickened me.
    When I staggered off the plane, I vowed I’d never again go 600 miles an hour
    in a metal container. And I haven’t.
    I haven’t missed a thing. Some men enjoy having a stewardess plump up their
    pillow, or put a meal on their lap, or fetch them a drink. I’ve always been able to
    plump up my own pillow, make a sandwich or my own drink. If I want a woman to whom I have not been introduced to fetch me drinks or plump my pillow, I’ll go to a joint in Cicero. (End)
    ****
    Hi David,
    I am cancer free now and look forward to reading your new book when it
    is published. I remember your many kindnesses to me and wish you well.
    Appreciatively,
    Larry Maddry

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