A sitcom writer recalls a memorable meeting with Al Franken in the spring of 1998:
"After a few moments the telephone rang at the host's station, which sat in the lobby, a few feet outside the dining room entrance, and about 20 feet from where I was sitting. The host answered the call, listened for a moment, then went inside and came back with Franken. The writer with whom Franken had just met, their meeting now concluded, continued through the lobby and left. Franken picked up the phone. Here's what I heard him say:
"'Hi, honey... No, still having meetings. What? CNN? No, why?' He listened for a long moment, and then I saw all the color drain from his face."
PUBLISHED: July 27, 2012
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2091 words)
We were never warned that we were going to be pepper-sprayed.
Lt. Pike walked up to my friend, and I am told that he said, "Move or we're going to shoot you."
Then he went back and talked to a few of his police officer friends. A couple of other officers started to remove people who were sitting there, blocking exit. Pike could have easily removed us, just picked us up and removed us. We were just sitting there, nonviolent civil disobedience.
But Pike turned around and I am told that he said to the other officers, "Don't worry about it, I'm going to spray these kids down."
He lifts the can, spins it around in a circle to show it off to everybody.
Then he sprays us three times.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2011
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2131 words)
We know what happens next: This hobby morphs into a successful business. But Boing Boing's version of that tale is a little different. Mark Frauenfelder and his partners -- Cory Doctorow, Xeni Jardin, and David Pescovitz -- didn't rake in investment capital, recruit a big staff and a hotshot CEO, or otherwise attempt to leverage themselves into a "real" media company. They didn't even rent an office. They continued to treat their site as a side project, even as it became a business with revenue comfortably in the seven figures. Basically, they declined to professionalize. You could say they refused to grow up.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 29, 2010
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3691 words)