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inches: two 7-inch columns on the front and two 9-inch columns on the back. It looked like this:

You won’t be surprised to learn that the formatting didn’t always work out neatly. Sometimes I had nothing that would fill those last few inches of a column. Being of Scottish extraction, I couldn’t just leave them blank, now could I? So I would look around for “fillers.” Now, I like jokes ~ those little fictional stories with funny endings ~ so I began putting a few silly jokes into the Island Flyer to fill those spare column-inches. They weren’t original, mind you. I shamelessly ripped them off from anywhere. My only contribution was to put them into an Eastern Shore context. And that led quickly to Jimmy Sook. (It is common knowledge around these par ts, but in case y o u’ v e f o r g o t t e n o r a r e f r o m Wyom i ng , a m a le blue c r ab i s c a lled a jimmy and a fema le is called a sook.) My Jimmy Sook was a waterman, a nice guy with a rather interesting family. It was all just for fun and helped fill the excess space. Most jokes were chosen because they were real “groaners,” and the bigger the groan, the better. People I’d meet during the week would complain, “Man, that joke this week was really awful!” “Oh, did you think so?”I would reply with pleasure. Hey, at least someone was reading the rag, despite the dumb jokes. Regrettably, the Island Flyer is no more. On March 26, 2010, after five and a half years and 333 issues,

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