From the messy desk of Paul Levine...
On July 25, 1925, at the height of the South Florida real estate boom, The Miami Daily News published a 508-page Sunday edition. The newspaper itself was three weeks old. For many years, it was the dominant newspaper in Mia-muh. Some of its reporting was quite good; other reporting was, shall we say, less than prescient.
In the 1980's, then called The Miami News, an afternoon paper, was losing tons of money, but for the fact that it was supported by a Joint Operating Agreement with the The Miami Herald. I remember when I lived on a cul-de-sac street in Coral Gables. There were 13 houses on the street. Mine was the only one getting home delivery of the News. I took this as a bad sign. So, too, was the fact that the paper kept getting slimmer and slimmer.
All this was brought to mind today by what seems to be the skinniest Miami Herald in memory. A 12-page "A" section. A 1-page Business section.
Downsized in staff and newsprint, The Miami Herald has already sold and abandoned its iconic building on Biscayne Bay, where I worked as a young reporter in my brief, unspectacular career as a journalist.
The irony is not lost on me that I am expressing these thoughts on the Internet. But then, there isn't room for a letter-to-the-editor in the newspaper.