When I read a book, I always turn to the acknowledgements and scan down the names to see what writers have to say about their editors. I've been an editor in my career, as well as a writer, so I like to see that side of the desk get its due.
When I got my start as a freelance writer twenty some years ago, I worked at a great local paper, U.S. 1
. It bills itself as Princeton's business and entertainment paper. It's targeted exclusively to the Route 1 business corridor, not to any one particular town along it, like Trenton, Princeton or New Brunswick.
The editor there, Rich Rein, has a stellar background in journalism, dating back to his days at Princeton University and then his writing days at Time
magazines. Despite my journalism degree and my years as an editor for Dow Jones, it is Rich who really taught me what it is to write a story.
Now that the newspaper is celebrating its 25th anniversary, I thought it was high time to acknowledge Rich's influence on my career. So, I wrote a column titled What U.S. 1 Really Taught Me
. Well, actually I titled the column "What Rich Rein Really Taught Me," but I guess he didn't want to take all the credit -- or blame. When you read the column, you'll understand. Hope you enjoy it! (Sorry, Rich!)