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Huckleberries: Smile when you say ‘Socialist-Review’, partner

Ryan Collingwood, now a Spokesman-Review colleague, started it with a simple Facebook post about the nicknames for newspapers that have employed him: Jokester-Review. Coeur d’Alene Mess. Lewiston Trombone. Helena Incorrect-Record.

During my five years as editor in Kalispell, Mont. (1977-82), The Daily Inter Lake was known as “The Daily Mistake.” And “The Daily Intercourse” (don’t ask). I’ve also worked at the aforementioned “Trombone” and, of course, the “Socialist-Review.”

I asked my social media Peanut Gallery to provide nicknames of their hometown papers.

Marlene Attaway of Hayden Lake remembers the “Somewhat” Daily Bee of Sandpoint. Former SR colleague David Bond of Wallace, volunteers “Shoshone Pressed for News” (Shoshone News-Press of Kellogg). Another former SR colleague Kevin Taylor comments: “My first newspaper job was at the Methow Valley Nuisance.” Thom George, a former Kootenai County Democratic chairman (yes, Virginia, there are Democrats in North Idaho) offers: “The Failing New York Times.” He probably read that on the fake news.

Finally, Trish Gannon, of Clark Fork, owner of the monthly River Journal weighs in: “We were told a long time ago that the (Bonner County) Daily Bee called us “the River Urinal.” I kind of liked that. We were definitely a keep-in-the-bathroom kind of publication. But in return, we called them the “Daily Pee.”

It’s hard to get a big head as a newsman when the readers show this kind of tough love. Full column here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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