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September 15, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gaggle just part of the job


Tonawanda News — Media folk are almost forced to be rude. I’ve been in plenty. Most took place in smelly sports locker rooms or tight hallways. I recall Joe Namath graciously addressing reporters from a creaky stair case at War Memorial Stadium after a Bills-Jets game and Howard Cosell saying something snotty. Another time, Scotty Bowman mistook me for NHL linesman John D’Amico.

Gaggles are sometimes hectic and usually impromptu, with one reporter snatching a hero or goat and the other geese gathering.

Timing and positioning are important, but much of it is luck. A follow-up question is next to impossible. The bad part is there is little chance to get an exclusive. The good part, you can steal from someone else’s question. 

Reporting beats scraping gum off the floor at Woolworths, loading 100-pound bags of flour into a box car and getting your fingers squished along the assembly line.

Gaggling can be good for the gatherers.

Bill Wolcott is a reporter for the Tonawanda News.

Eric DuVall's column will return next week, fully rested and ready to go.

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