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"Leave it to Beaver" and journalism

It's always interesting to see how newspaper work is depicted in the movies and on TV.

Take a 1962 episode of "Leave it to Beaver" titled "Long-Distance Call," for example.

Beaver and two of his friends decide to call baseball pitcher Don Drysdale at Dodger Stadium. The call goes through, but the boys have to wait a long time before the big hurler finishes his shower and comes to the phone.

They subsequently learn that the call is going to cost almost $10. They don't have the money but assume they have a couple of weeks to figure something out.

But events throw them a curve. A grade school classmate hears about their conversation with Drysdale. That kid then tells his newspaperman father.

Here's where it gets good.

The father, who works for the paper there in Mayfield, writes a section-front story about the Drysdale call.

He does this without confirming that it actually happened. And he somehow knows how to spell the names of the three boys.

I guess it's nice that he trusted his own kid. Crazy. But nice.

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