Tuesday, August 23, 2016

As Long as They Spell My Name Right

Over the years, this quote has been attributed to P. T. Barnum, Mae West, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, and W. C. Fields: "I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right." In today's Register-Star, Roger Hannigan Gilson went a little beyond spelling my name wrong. In an article about Radio Woodstock DJ Jimmy Buff coming to Hudson to interview local luminaries, Gilson's list of interviewees begins with: "former alderwoman and the author of the blog Gossips of Rivertown Ellen Thurston." Ellen Thurston is a woman of many accomplishments, but one of them is not writing The Gossips of Rivertown. Gossips is my creation.

Just to be clear, Ellen Thurston and I are not the same person. The picture above offers evidence of that fact. Thurston is at the right; I am at the left. (In the middle is our friend Scott Baldinger, former editor of Rural Intelligence and author of the blog Word on the Street.)


  1. Wow. You learn something new every day! --pm

  2. Otherwise, it appears that Roger Gilson has caught on pretty quickly to the Hudson beat.

    There's just so much to process and digest here that I'm very relieved to see such a smooth transition from John Mason's work.

    Mason's years of experience will be missed, and especially his openness to investigative journalism (unheard of in his predecessors).

    So let's encourage Gilson to follow Mason's lead, and for goodness sake give him a chance. The sooner he peels away the layers to see the way this City really works, the better it is for everyone.

    (This was a humorous hiccup though.)

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    1. Yes. He left the paper last week to take a full-time teaching position at SUNY Albany.

  4. I'm sorry John has gone, he was a good reporter. Good luck to him in his new position. Glad you set the new guy straight, Carole. You and Ellen are both important but very different figures in town.