Pat Shingleton: "My First Column..."
On this date in 1999, the first column of "Weather News" appeared on the "back-side" of the Advocate's "B" section. As noted in a previous column, I hounded Linda Lightfoot until she acquiesced with special thanks to the Smiley Anders School of Column Writing. Thanks to the readers for permitting me to extended tidbits in 5,491 columns. The first column reminisced about my first "news" experience - a "paper-boy" for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Subscribers had aluminum doors and when the Gazette was folded and thrown, the bang from the bottom panel provided a clear signal of the paper's arrival. During inclement weather it was sandwiched between the storm and regular door. Some subscribers had a separate paper box adjacent to the mail box.