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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

Can Craziness Be Calibrated?
Column
Can Craziness Be Calibrated?
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
That was exactly how much confidence I had in my own judgment, even when I was hitchhiking from New York to Colorado or experimenting with Schedule 1 drugs or rollicking into Chinatown from Queens so we could split a platter of Crabs Cantonese for $3.25. [Read More]
So Much for Teachable Moments
Column
So Much for Teachable Moments
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
If not for the economic fallout, I almost think it would have been better to pull the plug on the football program altogether – the so-called death penalty – just so everyone could have seen that there is, indeed, life after football. [Read More]
Good Times in NYC: A Great Parking Spot, Then Rapture in Central Park
Column
Good Times in NYC: A Great Parking Spot, Then Rapture in Central Park
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This is what artists do for us. They're seers in the most literal sense. They see and by sharing their vision with us, they remind us to see. We are awakened to the beauty of the world. [Read More]
Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
Column
Situation Normal: Death, Assaults, Vandalism
4 weeks 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
Column
I Had to Destroy the Tomato to Serve It
5 weeks 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
Column
We Have Met the Enemy
6 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
Column
There's No Such Thing As a Free Lawn Chair
7 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)
8 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
9 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
Column
Gonna Buy Me a UAV
10 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]
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