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Friday, August 22, 2014

Don Whitten

Polar vortex – now that’s a cool name

With hurricanes, typhoons and major storms all getting names these days, Editor Don Whitten writes that he thought “polar vortex” was the name of the latest storm that rolled through much of the country. He then learned it’s not a name of a storm, but the name of a weather phenomenon. (January 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Making retirement picture clear – and pretty

Editor Don Whitten writes about a common thread he heard concerning New Year’s resolutions – getting prepared and staying prepared financially for retirement. (January 6, 2014, Page 4)

Photojournalism loses one of its superstars

When Associated Press photographer Dave Martin collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the Georgia Dome sideslines just after the end of the Texas A&M-Duke game earlier this week, photojournalism lost not only one of its best photographers but also one of the most helpful and best-liked guys in the business. Editor Don Whitten looks back at Martin’s influence and work. (January 3, 2014, Page 4A)

What not to say – unless you wish to annoy

Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., does an annual survey of the most annoying words or phrases used in casual conversation. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the top five, including the runaway winner for five straight years. (December 30, 2013, Page 4)

Tank – a special guy who will be missed

Death rarely, if ever, has any rhyme or reason, Editor Don Whitten writes, and certainly makes the present and the future difficult to deal with. It’s the past that begins the healing, he writes, as he remembers Lafayette County’s Alan Arrington, who died earlier this week from injuries in an auto accident. (December 26, 2013, Page 4)

The most important birthday cake

Did you order a cake? Are you baking it today? Editor Don Whitten writes about birthday cake and how appropriate it is with so many celebrating Jesus’ birthday in his annual Christmas column. (December 24, 2013, Page 4)

Rewriting ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

One of the longest and yet best-known of Christmas carols is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Editor Don Whitten recalls that tune that most of us knows well and updates it a bit with more modern gifts – starting with the partridge in a pear tree that becomes a cellphone with an unlimited plan. (December 20, 2013, Page 4A)

Popular Santa letters section coming Friday

It’s one of the most popular special sections The Oxford EAGLE publishes. And it – the Seasons’ Greeting section that includes all those letters to Santa from local youngsters – comes out in Friday’s paper. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the inside joys of reading and typing the special letters at Christmas. (December 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Take proper precautions during holidays

Shopping, visiting or leaving town during the holidays? It’s certainly common in a university town. Editor Don Whitten repeats some warnings from local authorities about taking proper precautions and adds a few of his own. (December 16, 2013, Page 4)

Grisham, King, Conroy sequels read well

Sequels work in movies, usually, better than books. There are exceptions, however, and three book sequels out by popular authors are excellent examples. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the latest works by John Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy which are follow-ups to novels from, literally, decades ago. (December 13, 2013, Page 4A)

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