Many of you who have been with me from the start will recall fondly the day I was annointed to “holy” status by our local alternate weekly, The Chico Beat.
This came about because they had a ghost writer named “green man” who made a hilarious editorial about me and the http://www.surfacestations.org project in which he wrote the famous line: “The Reverend Anthony WTF Watts and his screeching mercury monkeys…” in response to surveying the weather stations nationwide.
This is why Evan Jones (and others) refer to me as “The Rev”. It wasn’t the first time the Chico Beat published articles telling my town how wrong and misguided I am for doing this work. See also Beat Up
At the time, Surfacestations.org volunteer Gary Boden took the Chico Beat Green Man’s editorial concept and turned it into an emblem patch.
Note that Green Man’s “screeching mercury monkeys” concept isnt far off the Chico Beat’s original angry monkey logo, seen below. Personally, I thought it scared away advertisers. They once printed a newspaper in their first year, then changed to online only in the last 8 months.
Today however, I’m sorry to report that the website of www.chicobeat.com is showing this:
What is really tragic (or funny, depending on how you look at it) is the fact that this one story on my blog today will now probably give their website more hits than they’ve ever had. Be sure to click the link above to say “goodbye”.
I guess it just goes to show that a positive attitude and regular updates keep the readers happy. Gloom and doom with angry commentary has limited shelf life.