Way back, decades ago, when newspapers were really newspapers and news stories contained news and not opinions, Eve Dropper’s Around the Halls column in The Courier was the first column read in the paper. We did a survey once, actually at Katz’ Confectionary on Bay Avenue in Highlands. On a Thursday, when The Courier came out, we had someone stationed at Katz simply to watch the folks come in, plunk down their coins and buy the paper, or simply pick up a paper, order coffee at the counter and sit down for a leisurely cup and read. We had our watcher look to see what readers turned to first. Nope, it wasn’t page one. Nor was it page two or three, where all the local political, governmental, and business news was found. One hundred per cent, that’s every one who picked up The Courier, automatically turned to the middle section and read the first column on the left hand side of the right hand page. They weren’t even looking for the editorials…..our opinions based on known facts…what everyone wanted to read was Around the Halls, picking up all the little tidbits of gossip we heard in our quest for and reporting of news. The column was written by none other than Eve Dropper. With the deaths of two great publishers over the last half of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries, as well as the demise of newspapers in general, Eve Dropper and The Courier are sadly only memories. However, through this blog, Veni, Vidi, Scripto, I’ve found that people haven’t changed, and Eve Dropper or Intus Fabula as she may have been called in Socrates’ day, is not only alive and well, but she’s eagerly sought after in the hopes she’ll have even more to say! Now, with Facebook and groups on Facebook the newspapers of the day, be patient, Veni Vidi Scripto will have many stories, as will Intus.
So yes, Intus Fabula will opine about the Steve Solop arrest, the big sign he had in front of his business, the dozens of other names that were also given to the Prosecutor’s Office for similar offenses…..and indeed, the importance of a single vote! Intus’ land line has been hopping busy with so many stories since the Solop charges, some of which make him look like a good guy comparatively speaking. Be patient. Keep reading. It’ll be there.