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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

From the Archives

I spent a little time this week uploading some articles from January 2001 into our drupal site (with assistance from Brooke Dooley — thanks, Brooke).

I basically have to proofread and tag each article that goes up, so I actually end up reading most of these stories. It's a time-consuming process, but it's also fun.

Here are a couple forgotten gems I found this week, both of which are now available online, should you ever wish to read them in their entirety:

From Rick Kisonak's now defunct Tubefed column (1.10.01 — 7 years ago, can you believe it?!?):

Listen, the country survived the presidencies of Nixon, Reagan — even the pantless antics of Bill Clinton. I’m not worried that a barely literate frat boy like George W. Bush is going to do irreparable damage to the United States of America when he takes office days from now. I’m worried that he’ll do irreparable damage to American TV.

Ha! I think TV is actually better now than it was then. Er, of course, I don't own a TV. I watch all my TV on DVD, which I couldn't have done back then, since I didn't even own a laptop until 2003.

Here's a snippet from Peter Freyne's Inside Track (1.10.01) that made me smile:

In the Senate, before the gavel even fell, two distinguished members of the ever-expanding Senate Granny Caucus collided in an Opening Day heavyweight turf battle.

The Senate Granny Caucus, composed of Sens. Jean Ankeney, 78, and Janet Munt, 77, both Chittenden County Democrats, grew by 50 percent last week as they were joined by the only Republican to win a seat from Chittenden — Barbara Snelling, 72. Babs was the first to arrive in the 30-seat chamber last Wednesday morning, and she promptly parked herself in Seat 7, the prime, inside aisle seat in the front row.

Later, Granny Ankeney arrived and saw Granny Snelling settling in. Granny Ankeney told Seven Days Granny Snelling “had unpacked her things and appeared firmly entrenched” in Seat 7.

Sen. Ankeney said she informed Sen. Snelling that she was the senior member from Chittenden. And had decided on the way down that morning that she would occupy Seat 7 in the coming session. Get out of my seat, Babs!

Granny Snelling said she pointed out to Granny Ankeney that Seat 7 had been occupied by Republican Sen. Helen Riehle in the previous session. Babs also noted that a few years before, when Republicans were in the majority, it had been her own seat.

So much for nostalgia.

“Feeling my anger rising,” Sen. Ankeney said, “I decided to leave the chamber” to cool off a little.

As the remainder of the delegation arrived, the Great Granny Clash was all the buzz. A consensus was reached to allow the senior senator from Chittenden, Sen. Ankeney, to make the seating assignments. She did.

Ankeney got Seat 7. Snelling was assigned to Seat 12, the seat farthest away at the other end of the aisle.

“She has seniority,” Sen. Snelling told Seven Days. “That made the difference.”

“If she had not been so aggressive,” said Sen. Ankeney, “I would have given the seat to her.”

Sen. Ankeney told us she “felt miserable all day long” about the morning turf battle between Senate Grannies. In fact, Granny Ankeney later expressed a grandmotherly preference that the story of the Great Granny Clash not make it into this week’s edition.

Sorry, Grandma.

Sadly, Sen. Ankeney passed away in 2005.

There's more to come. We're starting with 2001, and working our way back. We'll also be filling in the holes in 2002-2007. If you want to check our progress, click on the Search/Index page of our site, scroll to the bottom, and click to the last page of results. Those are the oldest stories, and they're getting older all the time.

December 19, 2007 at 01:42 PM in House Rules | Permalink


It would be great to see more of these. You could do a "This Week in History" segment somewhere. How about tagging these with "archives" or something, so folks can subscribe to a feed (yes, of old news)?

This could also be some good material to post on something like twitter - i.e. to fill in any gaps between the weekly articles. Though if you spaced the current articles out well and used other parts of the paper (twitter would be a great way to highlight shorter I Spy entries), I think you'd find plenty of material to send to twitter, or other social sites.

Posted by: Justin | Dec 20, 2007 10:35:41 AM

Thanks for the blast from the (not so) past. I'd love to see more.

Posted by: David | Dec 21, 2007 3:52:15 PM

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