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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

Gracelessness Under Pressure: An Air Travel Story
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Gracelessness Under Pressure: An Air Travel Story
176 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
177 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
178 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]
The Greatest Break-in Story Ever Told
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The Greatest Break-in Story Ever Told
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Remembering – and celebrating – a time when the watchdog press did its job [Read More]
Of Bio-Retention I Sing: A School Field Trip to Borough Council
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Of Bio-Retention I Sing: A School Field Trip to Borough Council
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist and professor Russell Frank took his news writing class to the State College Borough Council meeting this week for a lesson in journalistic boredom. [Read More]
Russell Frank: A Hymn to Him – For Her
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Russell Frank: A Hymn to Him – For Her
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Our columnist is empowered by the man's issue of Woman's Day. [Read More]
I Clipped. I Sawed. I Weeded.
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I Clipped. I Sawed. I Weeded.
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank reconsiders homeownership and its hidden costs, which include the full-time job of building-and-grounds upkeep. [Read More]
Investment Tip of the Week: Don't Buy a Condo in Florida
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Investment Tip of the Week: Don't Buy a Condo in Florida
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Money talks," says Russell Frank's father. "But it just says goodbye to me." [Read More]
Daddy, What's a Video Rental Store?
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Daddy, What's a Video Rental Store?
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Columnist Russell Frank recalls Family Movie Night and asks of the video rental store: "Has any industry risen and fallen so quickly?" [Read More]
Let the Joyous News Be Spread
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Let the Joyous News Be Spread
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
We so rarely celebrate death, Russell Frank writes. "I thought of the Munchkins singing 'Ding Dong! The Witch is dead' and was struck, for the first time, by how odd that familiar song is." [Read More]
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