Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MEGA EXCLUSIVE WEB EXTRA: The Unexpurgated Heraldo-Dandy Papers

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Sock! Wham! Pow!

This week's "Town Dandy" column -- it'll go live here at the stroke of midnight -- contains some musings and ruminations about Heraldo, proprietor of the popular Humboldt Herald blog. It also identifies Scott Greacen, executive director of the Environmental Protection Information Center, as member of that elite circle who know the undercover blogger's true identity. Greacen has some interesting non-answers about Heraldo's ties (or non-ties) to the organization he heads.

What may not be immediately apparent from the column is that it was prompted, entirely and pettily, by Heraldo's refusal to give the Journal an early exclusive on his/her alleged coming-out party this September.

Now, for the first time, the Journal is publishing a rare, behind-the-scenes look at a powerful gossip columnist at the height of his powers, using all the tools in his formidable arsenal to wrestle a recalcitrant subject to the ground. That the exercise was ultimately a failure -- or a draw, perhaps -- matters little in the end. They'll be teaching this text in the J-schools next year.

Brew up some popcorn and follow along. Then pick a winner -- the irresistible force or the immovable object?

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Coming out of the closet?
You owe me, you know.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 8:58 PM

You lost me.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:01 PM


http://eurekastandard.blogspot.com/2008/06/new-bloggers-picnic-date-sunday-sept.html

True?

You owe me.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:06 PM

You'll have to wait and see.

But remind me of the circumstances of how it came to be that I owe you.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Because I could have screamed "EPIC" from the rooftop months ago.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:11 PM

You would have had a choir around you. That theory gets regular play, though I admit there's been a lull.

Does this mean your money's on Scott?

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Coy, eh?
Still have my notes right here, as it happens...

"As it was, I just asked Greacen if he knew the blogger's real identity. And he said that he did. Who is it? 'That's your problem.' How does he know? 'Someone who shouldn't have told me, told me.'"

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:15 PM

What does it tell you?

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:18 PM

It tells me that I could make life reasonably miserable for Scott if I were so inclined. Put the onus on him!

"Want to know who Heraldo is? Ask Scott!"

Something he shouldn't have told me, he told me.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Fair enough. Nice of you not to torture him.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Yes. And so, to complete the circle, here ... you owe me.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Or maybe he does.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:22 PM

No, you do. You're the one who put him in the mess.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I swear I'm innocent.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:24 PM

He'd see it that way, would he?

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:24 PM

I don't know why he wouldn't, but then again, I'm not him.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Okay. I was looking for something to write about next week anyway.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Ha! So this means I don't owe you?

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Exactly. As of next Thursday, your obligations will be cleared.

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from Humboldt Herald
to Hank Sims
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:28 PM

How freeing it will feel to no longer be held in your debt.

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from Hank Sims
to Humboldt Herald
date Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Cool. If you, erm, just happen to see Scott , tell him I'll give him a call later this week.

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