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Lloyd Bockstruck’s Genealogy Column to Be Dropped by DMN

Big changes are coming to your daily paper on October 5. A bunch of stuff is going away, and all kinds of lifestyle-y stuff will be combined in a new, as-yet-unnamed section. Jump if you want the details.

Guide Live, Comics & Puzzles, Taste, Home, Healthy Living, and Sunday Life will combine to create the new, unnamed section, meaning each will no longer be a free-standing publication. The new section will have the following focus days: Tuesday, health; Wednesday, food; Friday, movies; Saturday, home; and gardening content happens on Thursdays.

More changes: Kids Day will go away from Sunday Life. There will be 10 fewer comic strips and two fewer comic panels. You like advice columns? Now you’ll get just two per day (Abby and Hax). Ask Amy, Harriet Cole, and Miss Manners will go bye-bye. Heloise runs once per week. And these puzzles and columns will be ditched: Diagramless (Saturdays), Wonderword (Daily), Bridge column (Daily), Lloyd Bockstruck’s genealogy column (Sundays), Cryptogram (Saturdays), Lucky Dog Poker (Thursdays).

To me, this all makes sense. Reducing the number of freestanding sections will make the paper easier to read. Tip a 40 for Miss Manners, though, boys.

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39 comments on “Lloyd Bockstruck’s Genealogy Column to Be Dropped by DMN

  1. His family tree says “struck” not “strum.”
    Maybe they’ll run a blank page with the note “This space provided for your doodling pleasure.”

  2. It’s the old Lifestyle section, only with less content. Just more shuffling of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  3. Dang! One of the reasons I subscribe to the paper is to read the “advice hags” (phrase coined when it was pretty much just the aging Ann & Abby). And poor Lloyd! First he gets mugged, now this.

  4. @ amanda

    I am sure one of the offices to Wick’s left are already on that question. Bean counters at that company are sure to ditch anything that doesn’t have revenue tied directly to it.

  5. Isn’t charging subscribers an increased price knowing they were soon going to not give them what they thought they were paying in advance for fraud? It is pretty much anyplace else.

    I guess you can get a refund, but still, they’ve taken your money under false pretenses to use for themselves until then. IJS

  6. Wow, I love paying the same price for less. Since half the paper is nothing but cut-and-past from the NYT I think I’ll just cancel and buy the Sunday NYT.

  7. They’re gonna replace Ask Amy with a column called Blow-viate in a bid to have Steve Blow multitask.

    First column:

    Dear Steve:
    I recently broke up with my life partner of four years, and we’re arguing over who gets to keep our vast collection of gay porn and Village People memorabilia. He says he should get it, because he spent the most time on E-bay, and I say I should get it, because he used my credit card. What do you think?
    – Snaped and Villaged

    Steve: Um, well, golly gee. Out here in Sunnyvale, the closest thing we get to gay porn is when one dog sniffs another’s hind end, if you know what I mean. Heaven’s to Betsy.

    Dear Steve:
    I am an executive at a large newspaper company. I make a lot of money, but I have to keep firing everybody. And people are laughing at me now. Just last week, 5,000 pairs of whitie-tighties were thrown in my yard in protest of my latest offering to rich people who are too busy to read the paper. I’m sad, and alone. What should I do?

    Rearranging Decherd Chairs

    Steve: Keep doing what you’re doing. I like you. I like you a lot. I think you’re probably the best boss ever. Can I buy you lunch?

  8. They could buy the S-T, move those orphaned columns and comics into it, then sell them at the same newsstand — the last newspaper standing wins.

  9. It’s “Heavens to Betsy”. No need for the apostrophe, unless you want to write: “Betsy’s Heaven.”

  10. The Chicago Tribune and New York Times are ditching free-standing sections as well, but their decisions are more substantial. Each is folding its local news and business sections into one main news section so their three daily sections will be News, Sports, Features. How long before the News heads in that direction?

  11. @ Miss Grammer…boocoos of thanks for the help with Bethany’s nefarious ” ‘ ” usage. (I know, she gets on my last nerve, too.)

  12. So, the Guide Live is kaput now. If Wednesday will be Food and Friday will be movies, does that mean Bill Addison will now be pushing drinks, decor and daikon-worshiping on Wednesdays? Or, will he be penning all his reviews from a Studio Movie Grill or an Alamo Drafthouse on Fridays?

  13. @ Bethany…your wish has been granted…

    I got it, but then again, I am a huge Steve Blow fan…

  14. Amanda, I’ll forgive the misspelling of Grammer. It’s obviously a sophmoric attempt at humor. But, be a dear and don’t use words like nefarious. Be yourself.

  15. Um, it was on purpose. If you were a regular reader of Steve Blow, you’d know I meant to do that.

  16. MG…if you will dig deep into the bowls of FB history, you will find “nefarious” is a Bethany word…and, Bethany makes a sport of mocking Steve Blow.

    Me, I’m a true fan…I think Bethany is an *****. (Can I get a ruling from the judges? Is “*” use considered name calling?)

    Anyway, right now, I’m drinking pink wine from a Steve Blow coozie, while wearing my “Golly Gee” t-shirt, waving a Steve Blow foam finger, and looking at Sunnyvale house porn on ebby.com. In other words, its’ another day in paradise.

    Take that wordsmiths.

  17. A few years ago the Dallas Morning News purchased the independent Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise, a successful, 100-year-old, (Pulitzer Prize winning) daily.

    Through several permutations, anything Features has now devolved into a section dubbed “Local-Plus.” Eight to ten pages of obituaries, comics, entertainment including daily TV log, and a handful of columns. Sunday is a joke, with only the pared-down Comics, Travel and Perspective sections augmenting the daily fare.

    My guess is that “Local-Plus” is also in Dallas’ future. Editors can move any local news to the new section, and routinely do so here.

    Hunker down DMN subscribers, you’re in for a shock.

  18. I just moved back to the Dallas area, the only reason I subscribed, and looked forward to it was Lloyd Bockstruck. Now whatever will I do?