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A fortunate reunion

fortune.jpgChicken Corner simply could not resist taking a peek over her shoulder Saturday evening, and so she drove straight to the west valley to attend a real-time reunion of Daily News workers at the Sagebrush Cantina.

I mention "real-time" because for a few months, a virtual reunion has been taking place on Facebook.

At the Sagebrush, I did indeed reunite with some of the newsdeskers with whom I worked during the Jack Kent Cooke ownership days. The newspaper is one hundred years old.

Beth Laski, James Hames, Erwin Washington, and Ray Richmond were instigators of all the memory sharing. Richmond prepared a memorable parting gift, one of the best party favors I've seen: Boxes of custom-made fortune cookies. The box promised "77% more accurate than regular fortune cookies*" (Yes, there was an asterisk: "*Leading fortune cookie authorities.")

Sample fortunes say:

UNFORTUNATE SLOGAN #1 "You're in Daily News country. Interesting, isn't it?"
Secretary: "Haulin' Oats called."

Reporter: "That's Hall AND Oates"

Secretary: "Whatever."

Xmas Bonus (1978): Two weeks' pay.

Xmas Bonus (1992) $15 gift cert.

Decades of DN Memories: Priceless.

Chicken Corner appreciated that the copyediting was so stellar on her fortunes. That's not something you can take for granted.

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