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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

Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
Column
Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
186 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
On a recent trip to DC, Russell Frank took a tour of his tax dollars at work. "At Education," he writes, "I went behind the building to reassure myself that no child had been left there." [Read More]
Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
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Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A case of cabin fever sends Russell Frank to Virgin Galactic’s website to investigate lunar tourism. A seat on "SpaceShipTwo" awaits—for $200,000. [Read More]
Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
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Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
188 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Devotion--not drudgery--is what comes after falling in love, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
Super Bowl Preview!!! Sort of
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Super Bowl Preview!!! Sort of
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Shelling out $23,000 to watch a football game, writes Russell Frank, is less inspiring than spending 70 years in a happy, productive marriage. [Read More]
Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
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Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
190 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The latest neighborhood nuisance isn't on the sidewalk wearing a cocktail dress; it's in the sky, about to poop on your head. Perhaps, Russell Frank surmises, the crows are the students. [Read More]
Wintry Mix: The Column
Column
Wintry Mix: The Column
191 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As Russell Frank greets another winter day, his mind wanders. “If we look up from the headlines…,” he writes, “there is always some loveliness.” [Read More]
An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
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An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
192 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In the last few years Russell Frank has rediscovered poetry—and its ability to provide meaning and comfort when news writing falls short. [Read More]
Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
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Contemplating Apocalypse while Vacationing in Paradise
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It doesn’t get much better than sipping cervezas on the Mayan Riviera. Until you realize "We're doomed." [Read More]
It’s New Year’s Eve! (Unless Somebody Messed with the Calendar)
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It’s New Year’s Eve! (Unless Somebody Messed with the Calendar)
194 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As a kid Russell Frank asked lots of questions: Why doesn't the new year start on a day that feels like the new year? Speaking of, he writes, "…were you ever bothered by the fact that a new day starts at midnight rather than at sunrise?" [Read More]
 A Christmas Column in Three Locations
Column
A Christmas Column in Three Locations
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Russell Frank's holiday travels started with a damaged bumper. But he isn't sweating the small stuff—a state of mind he attributes to the book on his night table. [Read More]
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