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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

State College Cereal Killer at Bay
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State College Cereal Killer at Bay
30 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
31 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
32 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
33 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
34 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
35 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]
The Best Holiday Gift Ever
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The Best Holiday Gift Ever
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The poor schlemiels who grew up a generation before I did got handfuls of walnuts and raisins. That wouldn't do for kids raised in the 'burbs whose peers were getting bikes from Santa. Jewish parents needed to step up. [Read More]
Money: A Mere Fascination
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Money: A Mere Fascination
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Then, as if they know that the planet will spin off its axis if I actually win something, the visitors rally. I break out in a sweat. I squeeze the steering wheel hard enough to liquefy it. [Read More]
Black Legs Disappearing into the Blue Sea
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Black Legs Disappearing into the Blue Sea
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It was heartening to see that the students were moved to speak up; that they believe that speaking up can actually accomplish something; and that they were paying attention to the world beyond Happy Valley ... [Read More]
Youth is Wasted on the You-Know-Who
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Youth is Wasted on the You-Know-Who
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I half-jokingly asked a girl I fancied to ditch her boring boyfriend and marry me. Sensibly, she turned me down. But if she had proposed, in turn, that we drive the four hours to Vegas and tie the knot with an Elvis impersonator as our witness? [Read More]
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