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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Zap Me a Cookie, Would Ya?
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Zap Me a Cookie, Would Ya?
9 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The beauty of my Coronamatic was that it had a correcting cartridge. When you mistyped, you popped in the correcting cartridge. At the critical moment I ejected the old cartridge, flung it across my bedroom, Frisbee-style, inserted the new one and resumed typing, all in one fluid motion. [Read More]
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
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Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Fiore is fond of hot little things. It's how she described the pistol she had in a holster between her thighs during a telephone interview. The first thing a lot of people thought of when they heard of this push to arm students was the ocean of alcohol on which undergraduate culture floats. [Read More]
Welcome to the Devil's Workshop
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Welcome to the Devil's Workshop
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Amazingly, the guy apologized. Why, he asked himself, was he tormenting a person he didn't know and who had never done him any harm? Great question, pal. When the two of them spoke on the air in a recorded phone conversation, they both cried. [Read More]
Looking Before We Leap
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Looking Before We Leap
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The passage that tickled my funny bone was a quote in a Sports Illustrated story from John Burness, a Duke vice president: "If this was Mississippi or Penn State," Burness said of the lacrosse scandal, "it wouldn't be as big a story." Well, as we all know, five years later it WAS Penn State. [Read More]
State College Cereal Killer at Bay
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State College Cereal Killer at Bay
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Amid rising concern about childhood obesity and diabetes it's shocking that the cereal kings even make the sweet stuff anymore – that is, until you check the sales figures. Our most inspired idea was to pour the Trix into martini glasses. [Read More]
Old Stew and Bad Discipline, Cockroaches and Chocolate Milk
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Old Stew and Bad Discipline, Cockroaches and Chocolate Milk
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The cockroaches loved my system. I would turn on the kitchen light and feel like a parent who had come back early from a weekend away and found his teenager having a party so out of control that the cops responding to the noise complaint were waiting for backup before barging in. [Read More]
Schnitzel with Noodles, Please -- and a Side of Pixie Dust
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Schnitzel with Noodles, Please -- and a Side of Pixie Dust
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I think keeping a list of actionable brilliant things is a good idea. By actionable I mean sure-fire mood lifters that you can actually undertake. No point listing a swim in a tropical lagoon if you're stuck in State College in mid-winter. [Read More]
We Can't Hide Under the Bed
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We Can't Hide Under the Bed
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Cower in a bomb shelter when you can be drinking a pint in a pub? Heavens, no. A steely fatalism is called for: A bullet or bomb either has your name on it or it doesn't. Either way, there's not much you can do about it. [Read More]
With a Little Help from 100 Fellow Columnists
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With a Little Help from 100 Fellow Columnists
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Dave Barry at his LOL funniest: "Seriously, a tax audit is not the end of the world. All that happens is, you take your financial records to the IRS office, and they put you into a tank filled with giant stinging leeches. Many taxpayers are pleasantly surprised to find that they die within hours." [Read More]
For Auld Lang Syne, Lest We Forget
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For Auld Lang Syne, Lest We Forget
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Last week, a friend told me she had been jotting down memorable quotations from her daughter since she began to talk, and is now going to give her the best quote from each year of her life as a 21st birthday present. [Read More]
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