Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: July 8, 2009

“Facts” are checked
Once again, this column has been a lightening rod for controversy. Rumor has it that at least one reader took exception to the fact that I may have hinted last week that the late (apparently VERY great) actor John Ritter garnered a wee bit too much attention when he died.


Here's the Scoop: July 1, 2009

Stars are falling
The world lost a bunch of famous folks over the last week or so. Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and Billy Mays. Wow.
These people all had varying degrees of fame, but were well-known for different reasons.
When I was in college, anyone who didn’t have THE Farrah Fawcett poster in their room was viewed as somehow lacking in the wonders of higher education. This shapely swimsuit shot provided the type of inspiration that wasn’t found in any college textbook.


Here's the Scoop: June 24, 2009

Can’t make up my mind
It was a few years ago that I obtained my first pair of flip-flops. The best part of this footwear purchase was that the flip-flops were specifically for my daughter’s wedding. Obviously, this was going to be my type of event.
The wedding was great and the flip-flops added to the enjoyment because I didn’t have to worry about keeping them tied.


Here's the Scoop: June 17, 2009

Do I know you?
Well, I survived the second annual Sweeney Family Reunion.
The latest event was a bit different than the first. During the initial reunion, held three years ago, there were many folks who hadn’t seen each other in decades. In people years, that’s pretty long.
There were some new relatives on board this time around, but also many returning Reunion Vets. I guess that means the first reunion was a success. Or else those who attended have short memories.


Here's the Scoop: June 10, 2009

Color me green...along with everyone else
Personally, I am really pleased that the entire world has gone “green.” Evil chemicals, from all indications, are a thing of the past. At least if you believe what you read. While I’m glad that many of the disease-causing chemicals that have been forced upon society are no longer being used, the entire concept does have a troubling side.