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10/11/2006

Headline Writer Snickers at His Use of the Word "Fallout" in North Korea Story

Headline writer (Muncie, IN) Frank Harrison has been a copy editor and headline writer for the Muncie Star Press for nearly thirty years, but he believes he is just now coming into his creative peak.

"I was mulling over this North Korea story when the word hit me: fallout," he told National Nitwit reporters. "I mean, doesn't that just say it all? Plus it's like a pun, see, because fallout happens when a nuclear explosion occurs and it's also a word that can mean 'consequences.' So you think a little and laugh a little."

Harrison said that his first choices were not quite as witty.

"I originally came up with 'North Korea Drops Nuclear Bombshell,' but that could definitely be taken the wrong way," he said. "Then I thought something like 'North Koreans Ignite Firestorm of Protest,' but I thought people might not see the pun. But finally 'fallout' came through for me."

Star Press headline Left: Headlines "say it all," says Harrison

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, added Harrison, he has a "humdinger of a headline" already picked out.

"I'm definitely going with 'Kim Jong Pretty Ill,'" he chuckled. "Get it? See, his last name is Il, so I played with it and came up with this one. Just keeps cracking me up every time I read it!"

Comments:
Methinks that Frank has been a little lonely for most of his last ~ 30 Years on Muncie.

Okay, maybe more than just a little lonely. . .
 
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