Category: President’s Message

The NSNC president’s newsletter column

‘Good Evening, Miss Manners, and All the Ships at Sea’

In September 2013, Judith Martin was joined by her children Nicholas Martin and Jacobina Martin, both of Chicago, as co-writers of the Miss Manners column.

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Gentle Readers: I am writing from my manor in the manner of Miss Manners, using all manner of mannerly ways to say that Judith Martin (aka the aforementioned Miss Manners) has kindly and graciously accepted our invitation to attend the NSNC conference in Indianapolis…

Oh Cliché Can You See?

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists With apologies to Frank Sullivan, the late, little-known but wonderful humorist who created Mr. Arbuthnot, the cliché expert, I am happy to introduce Mr. Lingo, the NSNC’s new, unsalaried language guru. Q: Welcome, Mr. Lingo. You are an expert in the use of clichés that…

Role Models

Robert Benchley, circa 1935

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I write an alleged humor column (I have to say “alleged” because I am not above suing even myself) for a simple reason: I am spectacularly unqualified to do anything else. I knew I wanted to be a writer in high school, not just…

Inaugural Address

Pool coverage: President Ford with Liberty and pup, circa 1976, at White House pool.

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Greetings, I am your new president. No six words in the English language can strike more paralyzing fear into NSNC members except, perhaps, “Don’t move, this is a stick-up” or “Hey, pal, your fly is open.” Still, it’s true. (Made you look down, didn’t…

No Need to Solicit Scalpers

The Eric Heyl Presidential Library, Pittsburgh, with a view of the South China Sea. Major grant requested from Thompson's Water Seal.

President’s Message By Eric Heyl NSNC President Don’t wait to buy your registration from scalpers. Don’t be that person. We still have some registrations available for the upcoming conference in Washington, but I won’t guarantee we won’t sell out before this extravaganza commences on June 26. I’m bad at guarantees. I can’t even offer credible…

Getting Potomac Fever

Pool coverage: President Ford with Liberty and pup, circa 1976, at White House pool.

This column originally was published in the May 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Admit it. You’re intrigued. You probably assumed we were planning some special things for the upcoming NSNC conference, which will occur…

NSNC Honoring Brinkley’s Memory

Postcard of U.S. Capitol mid-19th century

This column originally was published in the April 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists He missed writing his column. In one of the last email exchanges I had with Joel Brinkley, he confided that he…

Short Takes, A Tall Order

IBM Selectric II typewriter

President’s Message This column originally was published in the March 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists ITEM! When facing a tight deadline or lacking a topic of particular gravitas, some columnists occasionally resort to a “notes” column,…

Paragliding over Resolutions

Paraglider along Wetterstein mountains, Germany, 2006

President’s Message This column was originally published in the January 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Admit it. The question lingered in the back of your mind. As you sang “Auld Lange Syne,” as the lampshade threatened…

Mailing in Columns Risky This Time of Year

"Santa Claus and His Works" by Thomas Nast

President’s Message This column was originally published in the December 2013 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Tis the season to be jolly? For the intrepid columnist, that’s not necessarily the case. “Dog days” refer to that particularly…

What I Don’t Know Could Fill a Column

Wall display of cuckoo clocks

President’s Message This piece was originally published in November 2013 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Brace yourselves. The information I’m about to share will shock some of you. I don’t know everything. I’m sure you thought that…

Rubles Won’t Be a Problem for Columnists

Washington Plaza Hotel

President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists My concern for your jewelry ultimately made it an easy call. I’m sure that after seeing Russian President Vladimir Putin step one of his Russian presidential toes into the waters of column writing, many of you were wondering: Would he be invited to speak…

No Tears: A Sure-Fire Souffle Recipe

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President’s Message By Eric Heyl NSNC President Originally published in The Columnist members-only newsletter As you probably have long suspected, being the NSNC president is extremely cool — and not just because of the large army at my command, the life-or-death decisions I often make and the high-quality stationery that comes with the position. It’s…

Pretzel Logic, Anyone?

A pretzel

President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists What if you crave some pretzels? I’m sure that question is running through some of your minds as the NSNC’s 37th annual conference in Hartford draws near. You’re probably looking forward to the program as much as I am. And why not? The folks…

Contesting a Foolish Worry

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President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists In retrospect, the email’s timing could have been better. I don’t recall much about the day except a random check of my inbox that proved startling. It was a communique from Sheila Stroup, a columnist from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, whom I didn’t…

T.G.I. Time to Renew or Join

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President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists The question is well worth pondering. “Why aren’t we promoting the value of NSNC membership?” The query was posed recently in an unsolicited email from long-time NSNC member and author Anne Louise Grimm. Her message recommended selling the organization’s merits not just to columnists,…

Circle the Dates

Downtown Hartford, Conn.

President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Circle the dates. Trust me, it’s OK. The calendar cops won’t appear at your door to arrest you for beginning to arrange next year’s schedule with a full two months of this year still to go. With the nation’s prisons being chronically overcrowded, they…