Tyler Marshall’s Column One (known at The Times as a “nondupe) on the Pied Piper is one of my favorites. And since the presumed anniversary of the incident is in late June, it seemed like a good time to share the story with a new generation of readers. As it appeared in The Times, June 22, 1984:
I hope you keep the blog going into the 2030s. That way, your readers could have a look another Los Angeles Times, one that was locally owned, and one that allows its reporters seemingly infinite space to write nondupes like this one by Tyler Marshall. We also didn’t have the internet, and people actually read the newspaper. Also, readers of the 2030s could see that there was a time when newspapers really existed and had staffs. Staffs that didn’t have a lot to worry about in terms of getting laid off. I recall the term “velvet coffin” used to describe the Times of the 1980s.
It must have been a great, great time to be a reporter there.