Mature Life Features

Cecil Scaglione, Editor

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This Blog Began …

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… as an adjunct to the Mature Life Features syndicate that, back in the ’80s and ’90s, had almost 100 monthly subscribers around the country.

We never hit 100 but had 97 for several months and more than ninety at the turn of this century. It settled down into the 60s until 2008, when the subscription list toppled to less than three dozen and slipped slowly until torn to tatters by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Word has just been received that a subscriber who’s been with us for three decades has decided to shut down, joining the list of daily, weekly and monthly publications that have withered away because of a lack of readers and revenue with the rise of the Internet.

For that reason, we’re working on this blog — maturelifefeatures.com — to serve as a reminder of what small local newspapers used to be like since I spent more than six decades as a reporter and editor in that business. There won’t be any crossword puzzle or comics but we’ll try to pepper our features on various topics, such as health and finance and travel, with a funny line now and then.

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September 26, 2021 at 5:58 am

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The Old Gang that Grew Old

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The R & R (relatives and reminisces) jaunt back to Canada included an all-too-brief gathering at the Kitchener home of Joe and Edith Brown that drew former newspaper colleagues Gene McCarthy and Ray Alviano and his wife, Lucille.

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                   From left, are ex-Kitchener-Waterloo Record staffers McCarthy, Brown, Scaglione, and Alviano.

Before getting to the “before” pic, lemme offer some background. Gene was a two-way reporter/photog who covered everything from prostitutes to politicians (some might ask “What’s the difference?”) to princes and police and also wrote a book of a sensational case he covered. (I now have a treasured autographed copy perched in my bookshelves.) Joe was a photographer who got smart before the rest of us and left newspapering early to open his own extremely successful business. Me, you know from reading “About Us” in this blog. Ray joined the K-W Record sports department more than five decades ago and became sports editor for several years until he retired.

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Now pick us out of the above foto taken in my basement recreation room during the 1960 Christmas season. Gene is at the extreme right. Joe is in front center with his feet (and white socks) extended over a chair. Ray is being hugged by Lucille in center rear. I’m the dark-haired guy with glasses and cigarette under the ceiling light.

We had a lot of fun recalling escapades of that time in our lives. Amazingly, we had few revisions of each other’s remembrances revived in Brown’s living room a few weeks ago.

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April 25, 2013 at 8:26 am