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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

Daddy, What's a Video Rental Store?
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Daddy, What's a Video Rental Store?
177 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
Column
Let the Joyous News Be Spread
178 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]
Another Woo People Discovery: They Have Very Thin Skins
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Another Woo People Discovery: They Have Very Thin Skins
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Another word, but probably not the last, about the "secrets" of Sigma Chi. [Read More]
Secrets of the Woo People Revealed
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Secrets of the Woo People Revealed
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"You will sleep ONLY when told to do so." That's one of 23 commandments listed on a paper found on the street—and examined by the lead anthropologist for the study of the Woo People. [Read More]
The Sandusky Dust-up: Response to Readers
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The Sandusky Dust-up: Response to Readers
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Reaction to "The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?" was split. After reading the comments, Russell Frank still believes the issue comes down to one thing: fairness. [Read More]
The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?
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The Sandusky Story: Too Much, Too Soon?
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"When I put the damage to (his) reputation on one side of the scale and the public’s interest in knowing about the case on the other," Frank says, "the damage to reputation weighs more." [Read More]
A Loosing Battle
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A Loosing Battle
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"Slobs don't get jobs," Russell Frank tells his students. Yet, from the papers he grades to a sign in Grand Canyon National Park, mistakes are everywhere. [Read More]
Making the Trains Run on Time: A New York Story
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Making the Trains Run on Time: A New York Story
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
At a subway in Queens, Russell Frank meets The Man—"the wielder of arbitrary power." The police officer's dubious mission? Stopping a father from holding the doors for his child. [Read More]
Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
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Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The devil's walkingstick is a terribly vicious plant ringed with thorns. Studying the life of a political cartoonist, Russell Frank can't help but draw a comparison. [Read More]
To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
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To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
186 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Call it "federal bureaucrat fantasy camp." Russell Frank reports from a working vacation in D.C., where he's doing an oral history project on arguably the greatest political cartoonist of all time. [Read More]
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