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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

What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
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What This Country Needs is a Breath of Fresh Air
176 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
177 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
178 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
179 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
180 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
181 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
182 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
183 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
184 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
185 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]
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