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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

Russell Frank: Sic Transit Bubba
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Russell Frank: Sic Transit Bubba
137 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I neither golf nor follow golf. But I was in my car on Sunday. My CDs, like everything else I own, had disappeared into a carton pending the sale of my house. So I spun my radio dial and found The Masters, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Life Review Includes Regret and Resilience
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Russell Frank: Life Review Includes Regret and Resilience
138 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Last weekend we took my dad to a show called “In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue” for his 94th birthday. As the title suggests, he was very much the target demographic, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Creek Trail
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Russell Frank: The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Creek Trail
139 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Along the creek, we walked through lovesick clusters of blue butterflies and met a couple with two dogs who had lost a bluetick coonhound named Bella earlier in the day. They asked us to call them should we chance to meet her, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Help, I’m Being Staged!
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Russell Frank: Help, I’m Being Staged!
140 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I raised my kids in this house. The other afternoon, while reading the paper on the back porch, I experienced a keen moment of doubt. I love this place, I thought. Why am I leaving? [Read More]
Russell Frank: Have You Hugged Your News Provider Today?
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Russell Frank: Have You Hugged Your News Provider Today?
141 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Can this industry be saved? Clearly, interest in the news remains high, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Rick Who?
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Russell Frank: Rick Who?
142 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This isn’t cynicism about political corruption or despair in the face of disenfranchisement. It’s pure ignorance – understandable in children, but indefensible in people who are old enough to vote and serve in the military, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: Of Politics, Pastry and Point Guards
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Russell Frank: Of Politics, Pastry and Point Guards
143 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Only Jeremy Lin can fill the TV void left by the rivalries, lies, grandiose statements and phony expressions of piety -- last gasps, all, of a bygone era, Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: 50 Ways to Leave a Message: A Columnist Culls His Wardrobe
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Russell Frank: 50 Ways to Leave a Message: A Columnist Culls His Wardrobe
144 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
ANCIENT STATE COLLEGE, Feb. 24, 2512 — Archeologists sifting through the ruins of this town site in Central Pennsylvania have unearthed an extraordinary trove of clothing from the turn of the 21st century. [Read More]
Russell Frank: THON (Jekyll) vs. State Patty’s (Hyde)
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Russell Frank: THON (Jekyll) vs. State Patty’s (Hyde)
145 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
It’s Jekyll-and-Hyde time here in the land formerly known as Happy Valley. This week, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (Jekyll). Next week, State Patty’s Day (Hyde), Russell Frank writes. [Read More]
Russell Frank: So Many Opinions, So Few Facts
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Russell Frank: So Many Opinions, So Few Facts
146 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
There's no time for discussion anymore, Russell Frank writes. Opinion seems to be the only thing that matters, regardless of the facts. [Read More]
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