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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Ken Brewer memorial to be Saturday at USU

April 25, 2006 | A memorial service for Utah State University faculty member and Utah Poet Laureate Ken Brewer will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall. The memorial is open to the public.

Brewer died at his home March 15.

The memorial service includes a number of speakers, including family and friends. Scheduled speakers include Bob Hoover, John Brewer (son), Jennifer Sorensen (daughter), Star Coulbrooke (poet and former student), Glen Wilde and Kevin Holdsworth (son-in-law), Meridith Kirkwood (daughter). Brewer’s wife, Bobbie Stearman, will also speak.

Jerry Fuhriman, a local artist and Brewer’s friend, will read Curl, a poem Brewer wrote for the dedication of The Performance Hall at USU.

The memorial service concludes with a DVD tribute, A Song for Ken Brewer, produced by Marina Hall and Dennis Hinkamp.

Donations to the Kenneth W. Brewer Creative Writing Award can be made at the memorial or through the department of English at USU. Those donating more than $20 will receive a gift copy of A Song for Ken Brewer.

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