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What happened to the ‘bus plunge’ story?

Anyone who worked on newspapers in the days of hot metal setting will love Jack Shafer’s piece on The Rise and Fall of the ‘Bus Plunge’ Story in Slate for the sheer nostalgia. Those who don’t should enjoy the sheer craftsmanship of the filler stories told in 30 words.

The article starts:

As recently as 1980, the New York Times reserved an honored—if small—place in its pages for “bus plunge” news. Whenever buses nose-dived down mountainsides; off bridges and cliffs; over embankments, escarpments, and precipices; through abutments and guardrails; or into ravines, gorges, valleys, culverts, chasms, canyons, canals, lakes, and oceans, the news wires moved accounts of the deadly tragedies, and the Times would reliably edit them down to one paragraph and publish.

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  1. Andrew Grant-Adamson says

    I am sorry to hear of Martyn’s difficulties. I am not a techie so I would find it hard to deal with the problem but I have looked for information and find that problems with css when using IE 5 for the Mac are not uncommon.

    The numbers of people using IE5 to visit Wordblog are very low as are those using System 9.2 but I can understand a reluctance to move to OS X if Classic does what you want.

    Microsoft stopped all development of IE for the Mac more than 3 years ago. The best solution I can find is iCab which should work well with Mac System 9.

  2. Martyn Cornell says

    Your site does not work with Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for Mac and System 9.2 – everything is there except the words of the blog …