Michael Anderson has lots of unofficial titles: Sixers fan. Political junkie. Digital-media geek. Thanks to his successful lawsuit against the Franklin Institute and its unexpected aftermath, Anderson's newest honorific is an official one:
This is not the column I thought I'd be writing about Paul Kroll. I thought I'd write a kind of "he did Philly proud" piece applauding Kroll, a gifted welterweight boxer, for his relentless, years-long quest to win a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to today's memorial service for "Dwayne from Swedesboro." Dwayne died this week after a two-year call-in career at 97.5 The Fanatic, where his on-air musings were a "gift" to listeners fed up with political correctness and killjoys crying "racism!" any time someone says something funny about black people.
Ronnie Polaneczky, a journalist for 30 years, is a Metro columnist at the Daily News, where she has won numerous journalism awards for listening to the city she loves and telling its stories in ways that get to the heart of who we are. She is the 2015 winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Journalism Fellowship for her coverage of elderly parents who are still responsible for the care of their intellectually disabled, aging children. You can watch her TEDxPhiladelphia Talk, "The Power of Deliberate Listening," at: https://youtu.be/A343tlP5iUA