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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

T-Storms and Quakes and The Beast, Oh My
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T-Storms and Quakes and The Beast, Oh My
156 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Fasten those seat belts: The Rapture Index suggests we're increasingly close to "the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture," Russell Frank reports. [Read More]
Russell Frank: House 4 Sale -- I Mean, an Essay on Spinach
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Russell Frank: House 4 Sale -- I Mean, an Essay on Spinach
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
All the mean things Russell Frank has said about the Woo people in State College? Call it poetic license. His borough house is on the market now, and ... WOULD SOMEONE MAKE HIM AN OFFER? [Read More]
What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
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What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
158 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
After spending some time in Washington, D.C., in August, no less, columnist Russell Frank suggests that politicians get out of town more -- or read some good poetry. [Read More]
Self-Portrait in Top Hat and Rowboat with Horn
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Self-Portrait in Top Hat and Rowboat with Horn
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank loses himself in play -- and finds himself in the creation -- in a sand tray session. [Read More]
Lessons from Backpacking: Florence Lake to Kings Canyon National Park
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Lessons from Backpacking: Florence Lake to Kings Canyon National Park
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The discomforts and inconveniences of backpacking are always worth it, as Russell Frank rediscovers. [Read More]
Old Mother Nature's Recipes
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Old Mother Nature's Recipes
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A sojourn in California inspires a baby boomer, columnist Russell Frank, to add to the list of life's necessities. [Read More]
In Memoriam: Nettie Frank, 1922-2011
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In Memoriam: Nettie Frank, 1922-2011
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank remembers his mother: spunky, gregarious and proud of her family. She died last week at the age of 89, just shy of her 70th wedding anniversary. [Read More]
Gracelessness Under Pressure: An Air Travel Story
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Gracelessness Under Pressure: An Air Travel Story
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank's flight to San Francisco does not go exactly as planned. [Read More]
A Prayer for Motown
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A Prayer for Motown
164 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
After a trip to Detroit, columnist Russell Frank wonders whether the once-proud Motor City will be able to bounce back. [Read More]
Russell Frank: On Not Going Gentle into That Good Night
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Russell Frank: On Not Going Gentle into That Good Night
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank has a few good things to say -- and a couple of jokes -- about those who refuse to give in to old devil time. [Read More]
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