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January 5, 2014

An ordinary guy in the middle

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — They do it because ... well, you’ll have to ask them. Everyone has a story. 

Newspapers give an ordinary guy an opportunity to meet extraordinary people. Better yet, a reporter meets the other 99 percent. A reporter is given credentials to introduce himself, learn and be interested. A reporter can ask and write about garbage totes, tattoos, telephone poles, fish, fights, faith, farming and anything fiduciary. He is not asking for himself, but for the thousands of people who read the paper.

Nowadays, many of those stories go out on the Internet, but they went through a reporter first.

Ask a congressman about the shutdown of the government, then ask a mom at McDonald’s. The last shutdown affected the mom more than the man in the suit, who has lifetime benefits.

For fun, I once asked the Treasurer of the United States to be a guest of the Pigskin Prophets and got an autographed dollar bill. That stuff doesn’t happen to an ordinary guy, but it happened to me — a very ordinary guy.

My philosophy from Day 1 in 1967 was to be fair and have fun. I hope to retain that kind of thinking even if I retire tomorrow — which I am.

Veteran sports and news writer Bill Wolcott worked for the Niagara Gazette and the Union-Sun & Journal for 46 years. On the occasion of his retirement, email your good wishes to him at niagarafallsbill@yahoo.com.

Veteran sports and news writer Bill Wolcott worked for the Niagara Gazette and the Union-Sun & Journal for 46 years. On the occasion of his retirement, email your good wishes to him at niagarafallsbill@yahoo.com.

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