Nowadays, we have the internet to keep us aligned with the wonderful world of entertainment. (Many of you, in fact, may at this very moment be reading this for entertainment.) But couch potatoes of previous generations were not so lucky. They had to rely on such rudimentary tools as print. I was no exception of course, but I did attempt a privative sort of interactivity. Armed with nothing so advanced as scissors, some glue and a few free pages in an ordinary spiral bound notebook, I managed to create my own "channel" of sorts, made up of my favorite newspaper clippings.
I suppose there's nothing special about these clippings -- just the kind of stuff that would have caught the eye of a cynical seventies teenager. But looking back, I wish I'd saved more of the Nancy comic strips and the Reg Manning editorial cartoons, and less of the giant pot plants, the fields of doomed poultry and people playing earth ball. Where were my priorities??
All is not lost, however. I'm very glad I kept the article about "Wonderful" Russell Shaw from 1974. Though he started out as a local radio celebrity, Russ soon branched out. He was a regular contributor to the Arizona humor mag the Razz Revue, and used the magazine as a platform to launch a full-fledged satirical campaign for governor, as the article here alludes to. His ascent culminated in his collaboration with Todd Carroll on the Love Workshop radio program.
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