Scribe Says Bye to Cool Tabloid

Fell in love with 'parallel universe' of funny stories
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2007 5:13 PM CDT
In this May 3, 2000 file photo, republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush displays a copy of the tabloid Weekly World News to reporters during a light moment aboard his campaign plane...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Gone is the tabloid that claimed "February Sues for More Days" and "Hide-and-Seek Player Found After 34 Years," but what becomes of its writers? At least one is still missing his calling as an inventor of comedy-news. In Salon, Stan Sinberg recalls how he conceived tall tales for the Weekly World News for 3 years, a calling he considered higher than writing for the Enquirer or penning celebrity gossip.

As a fan, Stan imagined that WWN writers invented stories with a dartboard and sections like “Bigfoot” and “Aliens.” But after applying through an online ad, he fell in love with “a parallel universe in which literally anything could happen” – and found editors who took their comedy seriously. Now he wishes that the WWN had marketed itself to the hip Onion crowd and become “cool” to read instead of “weird.”