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.)
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