Friday, July 2, 2010

Bagels, Coffee &The Sunday Paper

Newsday, Long Island's favorite newspaper.

The other day Bossy Betty blogged about her love of reading the newspaper.

When I think of newspapers, I think about how I wrote for the school paper in high school and college. I think about my days as a kid reporter for New York Newsday. I think about how today I no longer read the paper because I typically tune into news radio, TV news and the web-based news.

These days, an actual newspaper is almost as vintage of a memory as the Cosby Pudding Pop ads and The Rubik's Cube. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but seriously, here's what I think of when I think of the newspaper...

From about the age of 16-25, Sunday mornings were the same in our house. Dad would pick up bagels and the Sunday Newsday (Long Island's newspaper) while mom brewed the coffee. I remember the blue and white tub of Breakstone's whipped butter sitting on the table. I remember the smell of coffee, although I typically opted for orange juice. We always had a carton of Tropicana on hand for Sunday breakfast. I remember the warm bagels in the brown bags. Bagels so warm, the crumbly Breakstone butter would melt into tiny pools amongst the doughy goodness. Heaven.

Breakstone's was a Sunday bagel breakfast must-have back in the day.

Sorry, I lost my focus. We were talking about newspapers, right? Once my sesame bagel was oozing with melted butter, I'd reach for my favorite section of the Sunday Newsday newspaper.



In my earlier paper reading days, my favorite part of the Sunday paper were the comics. The comics were colorful and I loved following The Lockhorns, Family Circle, Garfield, Born Loser, Marvin and more. In high school, I always grabbed the entertainment section to read about celebrities and music.
In college, I think I was either hung over or simply not home, I don't really remember Sunday mornings.
In my early twenties, in addition to the entertainment section, I scoured help wanted ads in the business section.
The end.



34 comments:

Ms. Anthropy said...

Dang it, Ally, reading you always makes me hungry! Now I have to go find something to snack on.

Cheeseboy said...

Wow, the newspaper brought back all those memories? I loved the comics too but then The Far Side retired and I lost interest. Although the dotted lines in the Family Circle was always interesting.

purseblogger said...

I don't read the newspapers much anymore. It's all internet for me. And yes, now I'm hungry...

Pat Tillett said...

It's alway been about the sports page and the crossword puzzle for me. There may be one or two comic strips I like, but I won't even look at the rest of them. I get nostalgic every morning during baseball season, because even from a young age, I always pour over the box scores from all the major league baseball games. EVERYDAY! I did it at the age of 10 and I do it today...
great post Ally! Just like always, you got me digging into the memory banks...

Island Gal said...

It's true! I don't read newspaper either...

Mamma has spoken said...

I do read the paper most days. Sunday papers are great for all the adds and coupons. But most of all love the paper as a way to start the charcoal in the grill...

Judy said...

I don't read the news paper! Thanks for visiting my blog. Im now following back.

Mr. Stupid said...

I hardly read any news from the Newspaper. I mostly look at the entertainment or the Comics section. I often do the Crossword too.

Copyboy said...

So hungry for a bagel and schmere right now you have no idea. BTW...you are a celeb in my eyes!!! I used to love reading Kidsday in newsday. To think, I now know the star reporter. Awesome!!!

Bossy Betty said...

What a sweet memory. I suspect the newspaper and bagels pale in comparison to the whole family gathering to share the ritual!

Thanks for linking to me and for your sweet note on my last post.

buffalodick said...

Newspapers continue to shrink...It's the change in how we communicate and get the news- Internet!

Teachinfourth said...

Calvin and Hobbes, baby…need I say more?

Okay, The Far Side was a great one, too.

sara said...

I was the editor of my college paper for a bit, and true to youth's narcisitic ways I really only ever read what I wrote. :) I will still grab the comics if I happen to be at my parents house on Sunday. My dad is a three papers a day kind of guy, so there are always some around.

Amber said...

I used to love Sunday morning comics. Actually, I can't believe how enthusiastic I was about them. It's kind of weird.

Marlene said...

I used to love the comics section, too. :) You have a knack for drawing out cravings in me.....bagel.....I don't know how long it's been since I've had one...and yours sounded delish!

P.S. Did you ever get your pot rack?

Salt said...

I used to be an avid newspaper reader also. Then for my first job out of college, I actually worked as a designer for the newspaper here for 5 years. It was cool getting to know the inner workings of the paper my family and then I had been reading for so long.

Unfortunately, so many papers are on the way out now. Everything is going online. It makes me a little sad.

Kristie said...

Thank goodness for our memories! I love these stories and walking down memory lane! So much fun.
I can't remember the last time I had a bagel...sounds good.
I'm looking forward to tomorrows video blog! YAY!

TS Hendrik said...

When I lived at my uncle's up in a small ontario town my weekly ritual was sunday morning hitting the local convenience store for a paper and a raspberry ginger ale. It was a simple pleasure.

TS Hendrik said...

When I lived at my uncle's up in a small ontario town my weekly ritual was sunday morning hitting the local convenience store for a paper and a raspberry ginger ale. It was a simple pleasure.

LaraAnn said...

You've given me a bagel craving now - haven't had one in a long time. We used to get good ones at the bagel shop in Clark.

I still love reading the Sunday paper. Haven't really read the comics in many years though. Favourite section - Entertainment. I have a bottle of mocha frap and a banana as I'm reading it.

C'est La Vie said...

omg i remember marvin lol

liz said...

I would say my history of newspaper reading was pretty much the same. Except I'm addicted to real estate anything, so toss in that section, too.

MiMi said...

All I know is that now I want a bagel oozing with melting butter...

Girl Interrupted said...

I hardly ever read a newspaper during the week, but there's something about Sunday mornings, they just always feel better with a latte, a croissant and the Sunday Times.

Have a great weekend.

ScoMan said...

I only buy the Wednesday paper and only for the TV guide.

I'm not really a newspaper person, I get most of my news from the Internet.

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pika23 said...

Living in NJ all my life, bagels are and have always been, a food of comfort, joy, celebration, sorrow you name it. Funerals, parties, daily breakfasts. We used to get lox at my fathers house, with our bagels. My fave bagel is an egg everything. Egg bagel with every type of seed and spice available.

pika23 said...

Oh and to the gal above who says beverly cleary rocks...Ramona and Beezus is coming to the big screen july 23rd! Me and my mom are going since we both grew up on the books.

Angie M. Lombard; NMRG Managing Director said...

Sweet! Good to know Pika23. Thanks!

Lady Hill said...

Have you ever been to Sands Point? Those homes were originally owned by the guy who started Newsday. Interesting tidbit for ya.

I love breakstones butter on my baggles. mmmmm I also miss that comic strip. I actually have a doll of him somewhere in my childhood bedroom.

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Heather Taylor said...

My newspaper memories are pretty much on par with yours. I did love reading the comics especially Foxtrot and Zits. And I used to eat oranges when I read the paper so my oranges are the equivalent of your bagels :)

Nina said...

Moved from Montreal to Toronto at 9 years old in1978... Man those bagels of my childhood- dark toasted with melted butter...

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