“The love ($) you get is equal to the love ($) you give” — adapted from John Lennon

“The love ($) you get is equal to the love ($) you give” — adapted from John Lennon
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Photo: Audrey Boyce, Staff Writer, Carlmont High School, Scotscoop. 11/21/18. NOTE: The headline is adapted from John Lennon’s misquotation of the original words by Paul McCartney, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make,” from “The End” in the Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969).

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 31 Aug 1974

Eddie Meath, founder of the Eddie Meath Penny Fund. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 31 Aug 1974

Remember the Eddie Meath Penny Fund?

Up to the mid-nineties, the fund — founded by famed broadcaster Eddie Meath — raised money to buy toys for hospitalized children. Eddie gladly accepted pennies, but also requested “quiet money.”¹

While our mission is not so noble and given that pennies are passé, we are initiating the Talker of the Town Quiet Money Fund.

As seen in Help Talker fill its empty hat, Talker — lacking as much as a donate button — has yet to monetize. So far it has been a five year labor not of money but of love.

Nonetheless, last week the bill came due. Operating the magazine costs $251.88 a year, plus some sundry fees of about $100.Bluehost-page0001

Last year (BELOW), we asked people to send donations via check or cash to David Kramer at 155 Avalon Drive, Rochester NY 14618.

Pennies

We’ll take your two cents worth.

Even more than money, as seen below in We need you!, Talker writers are, alas, feeling the strain of multiple commitments and demands on our time. We need writers, editors and marketers. (With enough hands, maybe we can actually make some money and end the Talker of the Town Quiet Money Fund.)

If you have enjoyed the magazine — always a communal endeavor — please consider contributing your own stories and/or images on whatever topics interest you. We very much welcome and need many voices.

Every page has the email contact: David Kramer [email protected]

So send along pennies, quiet money or a just a nice card (see below). Better yet, get involved.

¹The headline is adapted from John Lennon’s misquotation of the original words by Paul McCartney, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make,” from “The End” in the Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969). See “The End (Wiki)”

Interview by Audrey Boyce, Staff Writer, Carlmont High School, Scotscoop. 11/20/18

Interview by Audrey Boyce, Staff Writer, Carlmont High School, Scotscoop. 11/20/18

Audrey’s interview (11/21/18)

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Photo: Audrey Boyce, Staff Writer, Carlmont High School, Scotscoop. 11/20/18

The first 2018 donation by “Leslie Frances” who chose to remain anonymous. Photo: Audrey Boyce, Staff Writer, Carlmont High School, Scotscoop. 11/21/18

 

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The UR’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority wants you to submit to Talker! The chapter members are HUGE fans of the magazine. University of Rochester Quadrangle, 11/18/16 [Photo: David Kramer] From We need you!

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(l-r, t-b) Bill Pruitt, Justin Delinois, Olivia Spenard, Leslie Kramer, Michael Nighan, Dean Tucker, Shadi Kafi, Emily Sargent. Bruce Kay, Jason Muhammad, Kitty Jospé, Jordan Esberger , George and Mendon Payne, John Roche, Courtney Kuhn, Anna Gleason, Rajesh Barnabas, Stefan Cohen, Athesia Benjamin and Julie Everitt. Image created with much appreciation by the Rush Rhees’ IT staff. From From We need you!

As seen in Talker’s Foreign Correspondent sends donation home, Talker’s experiment is an “incomplete success.” But it’s not too late. and Thanks, Anonymous Donor!, Last year, we received several generous donations and some very nice greeting cards.envelope

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SEE ALSO

Says who you can’t get rich being a writer.

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

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. 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, and the CITY.  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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