Talker’s experiment is an “incomplete success.” But it’s not too late.

Talker’s experiment is an “incomplete success.”  But it’s not too late.

see Our new Pacific Northwest sports commentator. On the Seahawks, and some Bills.

In April 1980, when an American military mission failed to rescue hostages held in the American embassy in Tehran, then President Jimmy Carter declared the mission was “an incomplete success.”  That phrase captures Talker‘s noble experiment.

As described in Help Talker fill its empty hat, we have chosen not to monetize, having neither advertisements, a donate or pay pal button.  So when the bill came due to pay for the magazine, we passed the digital hat.  The experimental aspect was that we asked people to contribute the old fashioned way: via check or, if fans want to remain anonymous, in cash.  So far the results have been . . . incomplete.  But it’s not too late.

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Eric pig book

Eric Kemperman from the 1985 Brown University Class Album, also known as the “Pig Book”

Our first contribution, coincidentally or not, came from our very first subscriber, Eric Kemperman.  Eric was munificent, but also pointed out the flaw:

Hey Dave,
I’ll send you a few bucks.  But I would recommend setting up a PayPal account for Talker.  Way easier than sending checks.

Eric sent his donation in a thoughtful card with suggestions for receiving grants.Eric's card

Our second (and so far final) contribution came from Aunt Janet. Janet has long been a friend of the magazine. For her story, Our new Pacific Northwest sports commentator. On the Seahawks, and some Bills. Janet bought the entire baseball card set of the 1969 Seattle Pilots.

Our media pundit and historian, Michael Nighan, made a still to be verified donation. Nighan claims he went to the White House where he was able to fill a hat with rubles.

Remember, it’s not too late!


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Provided by Michael Nighan


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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