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Twenty years old: Duluth Shipping News

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I started my 20th year publishing the daily summer edition of the Duluth Shipping News today (Friday, May 22, 2015). Click to see a PDF. For more information about Duluth Shipping News, go here.

Seems like only yesterday

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The article above about the Duluth Shipping News, and its publisher custodian  and head writer, appeared in the Winter, 2014-15 edition of the Port Authority’s quarterly magazine, North Star Port. Click the pic for a larger, more readable version.

Duluth Shipping News on the air

fox21newsaug122014Dana Thayer, at Fox 21 in Duluth, was going to come down to the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News on Monday (August 11, 2014) and interview me for her show, Sunrise at Seven) but the CSL Assiniboine decided to depart backwards, and danafox21I could not afford to miss such an event right outside my window so I stopped by to visit her on her show this morning. And to thank her since I would not have been down here early enough to get the video if I was not going to meet Dana.

Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

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My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, took pictures of us as they came in through the Duluth ship canal on June 2, 2014. But I got pictures of her taking pictures of us with her odd looking camera. It is hard to take a picture of someone and wave at them at the same time. (I had told a bunch of folks waiting on the pier for the boat that my friend Julie would be waving, and suggested they wave back while yelling out her name. They did, and several minutes later, when she sent me her pictures, she added this line, “The guys were laughing , i told them that’s my fan club yelling my name”
Later in the day, actually, very early the next morning, my friendly associate Holly and I paid a visit to Tim Dayton, captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. Holly, under the watchful eye of Captain Dayton, is at the wheel here,  but we were tied up at the Port Terminal getting fuel so no one was injured.  Laughing out loud
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Fame is very, very fleeting

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People have complained to me that they never saw me on the NBC Nightly News tonight. For all those who blinked while my 2 1/2 second ‘interview’ passed by, you can see the whole report here. I meanwhile am trying to figure where my 14 minutes and 57 1/2 seconds of fame that I have left will be.

NBC News with Brian Williams, tonight at 5:30 PM CDT

140313-ice-cutter-alder-02-7p_eb2ca08d95ecbb792b5a5449cf6610fe.nbcnews-ux-800-600An NBC News with Brian Williams team was here this week to do a story on ice on Lake Superior and the beginning of the shipping season. It is now scheduled to be on tonight, Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:40 Central Daylight time. Hopefully, they will not forget to include all my expert commentary, or at least a couple seconds of my expert commentary. But most of all, I hope Mr Putin will hold off on anything big until NBC News has fully covered the ice in Duluth tonight. They took a trip on the Alder and even talked to an ice fisherman. He said he “… was retired, so I don’t even know what day it is.” I knew what day it was but his visuals were better. We will see who makes the cut.