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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

The TU loves SmAlbany!

The TU's blogroll: Is Rex Smith reading Oh, SmAlbany? I don't know. But his editorial column in Saturday's TU gave me the errie sensation that I was reading my own writing. [Do you mean because it was an ego-stroking piece full of self-congratulation?-ed. I hadn't been thinking along those lines, but I guess that's true too.] Consider this passage from Smith's editorial:
I first heard the term "Smallbany," and it came from a guy who had spent his whole life here. Not surprising, I thought. Hometowns always seem a bit worn when you look at them too long.
Does that sound familiar? Oh yes, it sounds alot like my opening paragraph in the FAQ definiton of SmAlbany:
The word "SmAlbany" is certainly of unknown origin, but most people who grow up around here encounter it for the first time when they are about 16. Invariably, one of their friends decides that "this town stinks" and that "there's nothing to do here." At that moment, someone will either recall having heard the term "SmAlbany" from an older sibling, or they will "invent" it themsevles.
Not plagaurism, but errily similar. And then there's this, again from Smith's piece:
But it already struck me as a bum rap...This is a great place.
Heading back over to the intro to my FAQ:
And it's why people stay in Albany...[t]hat's the big secret: This place is great.
Geez. Now that seems like a heck of a coincidence.

Look - I doubt that the editors and powers that be at the TU are reading my blog. And I'm positive they aren't plagaurising it. But you'd think that an editorial that both used the term SmAlbany (even if he used the less-interesting "two L" spelling) and made the same general point about how this area really isn't a bad place would at least throw me a bone over here while making the point. [I knew this whole post was just a ploy to get some publicity.-ed. I resent that accusation. And also a sucker-punch at Smith for not mentioning your blog in his column.-ed. Ok, you caught me.]
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At 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can give no credence, credit, or legitimacy to anything Rex Smith publishes in the Times Union.

As for Rex Smith's work in crayon, passable. Yes, upon further reflection, passable.    

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