We really hope the chronicle of a death foretold about newspapers' inevitable demise never comes to pass. If it did, we wouldn't get weird, little newsprint gems like the one in last Sunday's New York Times.
The editors of the Times, dictators of style and substance, clearly recognize extreme appeal when they see it: Hence why they published a long, detailed article about "Young and the Restless" mogul Victor Newman and the actor that has played him for the past 28 years, Eric Braeden. It's a very thorough article, with lots of interesting tidbits like this:
"Mr. Braeden was born into harsh circumstances in Nazi Germany. Named Hans Gudegast, he was one of four sons of the mayor of Bredenbek, a hamlet near the port city of Kiel. At the end of World War II his father, a onetime Nazi Party member, was imprisoned by the British for a year. "He died when I was 12," Mr. Braeden said. "To support my brothers and me, my mother got a job so menial that we never discussed it.""