Editor’s Notebook: 1/8/13


Jeff Genung
• It’s about 5:20 p.m. and there’s a car alarm that’s been going off somewhere near our little Lackawanna Ave. hovel now for a good 15 minutes. If it doesn’t stop soon, I am not responsible for my actions.
• Kevin Doonan wrote a nice piece today on Oxford town and village historian Vicky House, who took up the mantle from longtime (long, longtime) historian extraordinaire Charlotte Stafford after she passed away in 2010 at the ripe old age of 91. Being an Oxford boy, I can tell you that Miss Stafford was a village icon in my formative years, a veritable font of knowledge on all things Oxford. In my high school gig working at the village library, I was entertained often by Miss Stafford, who spent hour upon hour out at the back table, poring over old issues of The Review-Times. I never knew exactly what she was looking for, but her discoveries always seemed, to me, serendipitous. She’d often share with me a little tidbit of history she’d come across, and could always relate it to my family or people I’d know. The woman had a mind like a steel trap. Her encyclopedic knowledge of Oxford history was a marvel in the days long before Google, or computers for that matter. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Vicky several times, and dare say she’s well on her way to carrying on Charlotte’s legacy in a true and lasting way.
• You can tell I haven’t eaten dinner yet when I get all “misty water-colored memories” about my job at the library.
• Or maybe it’s the Chinese Water Torture of that *&#%@ car alarm. Seriously.
• Swelby’s got an official launch date – Feb. 6! For those of you who still don’t know quite what Swelby is (in a nutshell: Downtown, Online), click on this link and check it out. Color me impressed by my colleagues next door in coming up with The Next Big Thing.

• It’s about 5:20 p.m. and there’s a car alarm that’s been going off somewhere near our little Lackawanna Ave. hovel now for a good 15 minutes. If it doesn’t stop soon, I am not responsible for my actions.

• Kevin Doonan wrote a nice piece today on Oxford town and village historian Vicky House, who took up the mantle from longtime (long, longtime) historian extraordinaire Charlotte Stafford after she passed away in 2010 at the ripe old age of 91. Being an Oxford boy, I can tell you that Miss Stafford was a village icon in my formative years, a veritable font of knowledge on all things Oxford. In my high school gig working at the village library, I was entertained often by Miss Stafford, who spent hour upon hour out at the back table, poring over old issues of The Review-Times. I never knew exactly what she was looking for, but her discoveries always seemed, to me, serendipitous. She’d often share with me a little tidbit of history she’d come across, and could always relate it to my family or people I’d know. The woman had a mind like a steel trap. Her encyclopedic knowledge of Oxford history was a marvel in the days long before Google, or computers for that matter. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Vicky several times, and dare say she’s well on her way to carrying on Charlotte’s legacy in a true and lasting way.

• You can tell I haven’t eaten dinner yet when I get all “misty water-colored memories” about my job at the library.

• Or maybe it’s the Chinese Water Torture of that *&#%@ car alarm. Seriously.

• Swelby’s got an official launch date – Feb. 6! For those of you who still don’t know quite what Swelby is (in a nutshell: Downtown, Online), click on this link and check it out. Color me impressed by my colleagues next door in coming up with The Next Big Thing.