The Dagger was offline this past weekend, quite literally at a wedding and a funeral. For everyone who’s still with us, a word of note: We received angry, angry emails from The Aegis and The Examiner over the past few days.
The Examiner editor reminded us that he’s worked for The New York Times, etc., and has “more than a dozen major awards to show for it.” The Aegis bristled and issued threats: “you guys are in way over your heads, but at least you have given more legitimacy to institutions like this one.” And, in a more sincere offering from a local newspaperman: “I believed you guys really had your hearts in it. But now I feel like it’s gone right to your heads.”
If we keep posting stories about ourselves, you’re sure to soon agree. And so, back to the election, folks…
Here's a short aside I'm calling "How The Aegis Saved My Marriage." Enjoy:
It's 4:45 p.m. Saturday, the day of my wedding, and there's a problem. A big one.
It seems someone (no finger pointing please) left our marriage certificate inside a locked car in Joppa. This was not realized until the wedding parties were lined up and prepared to proceed down the aisle and the chaplain asked for the document. It sort of needs to be signed to carry any weight. Did I mention the wedding was in Forest Hill?
Never fear, the brother of the bride, tattooed National Guardsman Ben Ford, grabbed a couple sets of keys, sprinted in full tuxedo to his car and sped off down Route 24 in search of destiny.
After grabbing the misplaced marriage certificate and bee-lining back to Forest Hill from Joppa, Mr. Ford met an untimely though not altogether unexpected roadblock – he was pulled over on Mountain Road for traveling 75 mph in a 50 mph zone.
"Officer, I'm sorry but I'm late for a wedding that was supposed to start at 5 and it's now 5:04. You can follow me back and give me the ticket there if you have to," Ford explained.
"Looks like you're more dressed for a funeral," the Harford County Sherriff's deputy replied, noting Ford's all-black attire.
Recognizing he had with him the ultimate alibi, Ford whipped out the marriage certificate and thurst it at the policeman.
"Brian Goodman?!" exclaimed the deputy. "I know him. He used to work for The Aegis and wrote a story about me a few years ago."
And with that, Ford was sent on his way without ticket or warning.
"I'd escort you back myself if I wasn't on duty. Now get on out of here," the lawman proffered.
Shortly thereafter, the certificate was signed and a wedding was held.
The moral of the story: I'm still trying to sort it all out.
Steve, HarfordNow says
Great story Brian, aren't you glad it was a favorable story you wrote about the officer?
Brain – Are you sure you weren't on the way to get pumpkins? LOL, great story!
Great story! Congratulations!!!!
I have sen a steady decline in the quality of the Aggregious for a long time. When one news outlet has a monopoly on your local news (and only has to go to print TWICE a week?) they can put garbage on page one above the fold, and garbage on the Editorial page.
We, the cornfed, country-fried uninformed, have to eat it with our silver pitchforks.
Keep up the good work. Maybe your journalists can delve into some politics in the "Heart of Harford" next…
It’s about time someone pissed them off. You guys are definitely on to something. Maybe if the editors of the Slegis and the Examiner weren’t so worried about awards, they could spend time making their papers not so crappy and biased. Keep breaking the rules!
vietnam vet says
I would'nt worry about the examiner or the aegis.
we the people.most of us any way live in aberdeen.
often as not we pick' up lie's. gossip rumor's etc.
of which the dagger is willing to print.
if it pertains to slander.I suggest we refer to the privacy act.
Way to get the Aegis and the Examiner ticked off. People at the Aegis are on edge because nobody knows who is next to be bought out. The people at the Examiner? They are just crazy. When an editor there mentions they worked for another newspaper, they need to preface it with the phrase “I was fired from…” That was no doubt Mr. Gately. The bottom line is, both places need to worry about getting their ducks in a row and not what the Dagger Press has to say.
HIRAM LODGEPOLE says
ah hell, Brian and the ‘newsroom’ boys and girls at Dagger are doing a good job..i’ve seen no bias…except for some of the comment folk, and hell, they have a right to show their stupidity…
don’t ever want to get in a pissin’ contest with a skunk…