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History | Bob Welch

The best 25 columns of all time

A WHILE BACK, Ed Russo, a Register-Guard colleague, suggested we read a book called Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns and each choose our favorites. Great fun. Great inspiration. And a great sense that old-school columnists may have done it better than us contemporary folks. Six of my top 20 were written in 1953 or earlier. Only two were written since 2005. I was interested to note how my bias was toward columns about...

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My Top 10 “Where Were You When?” moments

Bob Welch’s Top 10 “Where Were You When?” Memories (See May 18, 2010 Register-Guard column) My criterion: How deeply did this event singe itself into my memory, for better or worse.* 1. 911 terrorist attack, 2001 My wife and I were in Normandy, France, doing research for a book I was writing on the first nurse to die after the invasion began (“American Nightingale”). While eating in our hotel’s restaurant, an Irishman leaned over and...

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