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Scribe Says Bye to Cool Tabloid

Fell in love with 'parallel universe' of funny stories
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2007 5:13 PM CDT
Scribe Says Bye to Cool Tabloid
In this May 3, 2000 file photo, republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush displays a copy of the tabloid Weekly World News to reporters during a light moment aboard his campaign plane while leaving Austin, Texas. Weekly World News, the tabloid that for 28 years has chronicled sightings...   (Associated Press)

Gone is the tabloid that claimed "February Sues for More Days" and "Hide-and-Seek Player Found After 34 Years," but what becomes of its writers? At least one is still missing his calling as an inventor of comedy-news. In Salon, Stan Sinberg recalls how he conceived tall tales for the Weekly World News for 3 years, a calling he considered higher than writing for the Enquirer or penning celebrity gossip.

As a fan, Stan imagined that WWN writers invented stories with a dartboard and sections like “Bigfoot” and “Aliens.” But after applying through an online ad, he fell in love with “a parallel universe in which literally anything could happen” – and found editors who took their comedy seriously. Now he wishes that the WWN had marketed itself to the hip Onion crowd and become “cool” to read instead of “weird.” (Read more news stories.)

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