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Al Martinez retires, and an old favorite

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Al Martinez is a long-time columnist for the L.A. Times who was almost forced into retirement last year, wrote one farewell column, then was brought back and wrote another farewell column today.

    Martinez is one of my favorites. His farewell column is fairly standard fare, although well written in the typical Martinez style.


    But what it brought back to mind is one of my all-time favorite columns, a Christmas story.


    If you haven't read it before, hope you enjoy it.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Holy crap, SF. That line from Reck just about killed me.

    Great column.
  3. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    I second SF's sentiment on Al Martinez. In addition to being a great writer, in my few dealings with him, he's been a great guy. I only wish I could've sat down for a journalism session in some seedy bar one time.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Note the several Redwood references in his final column.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Email Al. He would be happy to. I guarantee it.
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