POINT TO PONDER
“I was taught that a reporter should use fewest words needed to tell a story so that there is room left for advertisement.”
-Quote from "Teacher's Pet" told to me by Mark Dennen
STORY LINE Memorable and Educational quotes from Teacher’s Pet (1958 movie starring Clark Gable and Doris Day
- James Gannon: [referring to Dr. Pine, Prof. Stone's boyfriend] So he's got more degrees than a thermometer, so he speaks seven languages, so he's read every book. So what? The important thing is he's had no experience. He didn't start at the bottom and work up. That's the only way you can learn.
- Erica Stone: As my father used to say, a reporter has to do a lot of sweating before he earns the right to perspire.
- James Gannon: How could you give up a real newspaper job for teaching? Erica Stone: Well, that's a very good question, Mr. Gallagher. Maybe for the same reason that occasionally a musician wants to be a conductor, he wants to hear a hundred people play music the way he hears it.
- Erica Stone: Newspapers can't compete in reporting what happened any more, but they can and should tell the public why it happened.
James Gannon: [providing an impromptu lesson to Barney] By the way, you heard about it, didn't you?
Barney Kovac: What?
James Gannon: Found him dead.
Barney Kovac: Who?
James Gannon: Boss.
Barney Kovac: No kidding. When?
James Gannon: Two minutes ago.
Barney Kovac: Where did they find him?
James Gannon: In his office.
Barney Kovac: What did happen?
James Gannon: Some dame shot him.
James Gannon: Some dame sho... Why?
James Gannon: Barney, you have just asked me six very important questions: who, what, where, when, how, and why. That's what every news story should answer.