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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

Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
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Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If anything, the NCAA's broad-brush punishment of the entire football program has caused fans to dig in their heels: The team needs to be supported and celebrated more than ever. And what's a celebration without copious amounts of alcohol? [Read More]
I Had to Destroy the Tomato to Serve It
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I Had to Destroy the Tomato to Serve It
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Thus did a grateful world receive the phrases "It slices! It dices!" and, "But wait, there's more!" Why, without these marketing blitzes there would have been no Dan Aykroyd hawking Bass-O-Matics on "Saturday Night Live." [Read More]
We Have Met the Enemy
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We Have Met the Enemy
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
He kicked open the door of the barracks' common area, hoping to make a grand entrance. But instead of being greeted as the conquering hero, he was greeted by a cop who swiveled around and aimed his gun at him. [Read More]
There's No Such Thing As a Free Lawn Chair
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There's No Such Thing As a Free Lawn Chair
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Now in most ways I am an apple that has not fallen very far from the tree. But there is one way in which I do not take after my old man at all: He was handy. I am not. [Read More]
Subu's Story (Part 2)
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Subu's Story (Part 2)
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
After I wrote about it last week I heard from two people who remain convinced that a white jury was biased against the accused, who was born in India. One called it "a racist miscarriage of justice." The other wondered if the verdict would have been the same "if he had been a white male." [Read More]
Life in Prison: It's Not a Nice Place to Visit and You Wouldn't Want to Live There
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Life in Prison: It's Not a Nice Place to Visit and You Wouldn't Want to Live There
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I had asked Mrs. Vedam what she thought her son would have done with his life if he hadn't gone to prison. Without hesitation, she said, "He would have been a physicist like his father." [Read More]
Gonna Buy Me a UAV
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Gonna Buy Me a UAV
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If I had a Parrot I would have it proctor my exams. When I patrol the aisles I trip over backpacks. This slows me down. While I sidle along the strait between Rows 1 and 2, the students in Rows 7 and 8 have ample time to check their cheat sheets. [Read More]
6 Cakes, 500 Miles, Go
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6 Cakes, 500 Miles, Go
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This recalled the Brisket Incident. My mother had made me an offer I couldn't refuse: She would bring a brisket to our Passover Seder in State College. From Florida. (It is apparently a Frank family tradition to transport perishable foodstuffs across state lines.) [Read More]
A Toast from the Father of the Bride (the Long Version)
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A Toast from the Father of the Bride (the Long Version)
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
How does a father talk about the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon his daughter in her wedding dress without melting away in a flood of memories and tears? Since I can't possibly welcome, thank, reminisce, philosophize and blubber in two minutes, here is the unabridged version ... [Read More]
Camping: The Uncomfortable Truth
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Camping: The Uncomfortable Truth
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I put everything Ursus americanus might sniff out into a bear-proof box, zipped myself into tent and sleeping bag, and tried to sleep on a blow-up mattress that was slightly wider than my body, knowing that I would have to unzip and rezip in a few hours to heed the call of nature. [Read More]
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