Indelible Conduction…………#62 (the 50’s)

The Linotype

     Gary reasoned,  unlike the spoken word,  the written word is indelible,  for an articulate to obtain an analogous caliber,  a person of some intellect  must be the directive.   Expressive  journalism only requires the transformation of thoughts to paper,  no personality involvement and Mr. Christensen’s publication’s class opened varied paths of opportunity.   Gary was subservient as an assistant sports editor,  but in name only,  the  editor,  upper classmen Gordon Reitman’s was indeed a very capable person,  but wasn’t a proponent of sports.  In most journalism classes, the females outnumber the males and He suspected that Gordon was appointed to captain  the sports page because of his gender as all other editor positions were held by the  opposite sex.   Gordon  prevailed,  his personal demeanor wasn’t exactly befitting the summary of a sports enthusiast and with his horned rim glasses and pullover sweaters he seemed somewhat out-of-place in the athletic environment of the gym. 
     Gary understood the assistant sports editors position  on the Ye Castle Crier ready for the challenge,  Chris asking if he would accept an added position, that of Staff Photographer.  Hesitant at first, his thought being a lack of qualifications, his only experience was with his parents ancient Ansco box camera, but soon discovering that photography was more than just taking pictures but an art form.  Once accepting this premise, he approached the task adapting and capitalized on his flavoring for the anomalous.   Promulgating the papers sports page forum,  he assumed an interviewers role in a traditional school sports column,  ” The Athlete of the Week”, the weekly bio  providing him access to  coaches and team members.   Gary made a consorted effort to attend every games he reported on, unlike some who would just gathered statistics  and were never in attendance.   He was endowed with the respect of the coaches and team members and felt somewhat privileged to join them on the team bus when traveling  out-of-town.   On  occasion he was asked to participate in officiating, in charge of the down marker at a football game or as the schools official team statistician and also developing a rapport with the sports desk at the Oakland Tribune,  phoning  the game results,  highlighting  players and performances, their names to appear in the Tribunes high school sports page.   The Giants baseball team having recently made their move from New York City, their new home at Seals Stadium, Gary deciding to add an additional column,  “Following the Giants With Mike”,  resorting to his shortened middle name used in elementary school,  concluding,  because of already writing most of the sport page, he deemed it best not to give that appearance.   

Inking a Galley

Inking a Galley

       The student body of Castlemont had little knowledge of the Ye Castle Criers preparation,  except that it was available every Friday afternoon.   A typical agenda for a reporter would be, receiving a subject assignment, the  copy submitted on typed  forms to the Page Editor,  the article edited for content and column length and a cap (title) with the final approval coming from Chris who read and graded everything printed.  Each article having two grades,  the first was for grammar/sentence structure as the news/publication class was an english curriculum substitute and the second was for news worthiness or content presentation.  The accumulation of four Crier pages of copy and pictures were ready to be processed and printed at The Laney Trade School.   Twice a month, during his senior year it was Gary’s opportunity as Sports editor to  travel to the Laney Trade,  located on 7th St. in downtown metropolitan Oakland to participate in the assemblage of the Castlemont paper.   It was at Laney the Teen was able to attained  the important aspects of the mechanical attributes involved to providing a finish product.   He watched as the  copy handed to a linotype operator sitting at the keyboard controls of these purveyors of indelible conduction spewed forth the  embossed hot lead alloy. The molded lines of typesetting traversing into a collection area, placed in a page galley for espousing a proof.  Insertion of the cuts ( photos)   into their proper place in the galley,  the sports editor developing a skill to read the backward print,  checking for miss-placed  slugs (blank spacers) finally inking the galley, a proof being made, a final assay of the proof before according  the printers.  The experience of Laney giving the youth another prospective of  world of journalism with an insight to the mechanical aspects behind this profession and the hidden makeup of others. 

Donald Cherrington - Trig & Roland Christianson - Journalism

Donald Cherrington – Trig   &   Roland Christiansen – Journalism

         Gary being a student of analogy, coming to recognize there was a corollary between Mr. Christensen’s Journalism class and Mr. Cherrington’s Trigonometry class  although the  subject matter were totally estranged they shared much in common.   In trig you are given the final solution but have to determine the  perplexity and structure that gives you those results.  When composing a written itinerary it is much the same,  you have determined the contingency, but its the perplexity, structure and how you paint the words that determine the interllection.


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