Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bye-Bye Seattle P-I

Connelly: Online-only P-I will be a journalism adventure

When I was a kid growing up in Walla Walla, Washington, one of my Sunday rituals was to offer to walk to the Southgate drugstore, about a mile from our house, to fetch my dad one of the out-of-town papers -- either the Portland Oregonian, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, or the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  These excursions were a win-win situation for everyone. Dad would get a chance to read the political, business, and sports pages of a thick metropolitan paper, to supplement the wafer-thin Sunday Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  He'd also have one less kid running around the house on a Sunday.  I'd have an excuse to browse the comics rack, paperback shelf, and toy section of the drugstore; plus, I'd get to sample out-of-town comic strips, redolent with the funk of bad color ink on newsprint crushed in tall bundles trucked in from a few hundred miles away.

All that came to mind this morning, when NPR announced on Morning Edition that the Seattle P-I print edition went the way of all newsprint today -- it faded away.

The P-I will live on in a Web-only version, which I imagine will have a much lower overhead.  But Walla Walla kids won't be able to walk a mile to the drugstore to pick it up for their parents.  And there probably won't be comics.  There definitely won't be the smell.
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1 comment:

Mike Barer said...

The good news is that the globe at top the PI building will remain for a while.