Uncle Al, a columnist I used to read before he disappeared from the web,
You're referring to Al Sicherman, a Twin Cities columnist who has been writing for the Minneapolis paper for as long as I can remember. You can still read him on the Strib online. He's my mother's favorite columnist.
Thanks Cathy, but this isn't "my" Uncle Al. The one I used to read, he was Al Schwartz, not Sicherman, and he didn't write for any newspapers (he was way
too controversial, politically incorrect and brilliantly scientific; no newspaper read by "normal people" would ever publish anything like this) -- he had a website he used to post his essays on...then it moved....moved again....and disappeared. I couldn't ever find him again even by Googling. I'd get dead links and so on. I tried on and off for a couple of years......Oh!!!!!! OH OH OH!!!!!!!! OH MY!!!!!
I just had to try another Google just now (he "disappeared" in 1999 or 2000 and I gave up totally by around 2003: I had just started dating
my boyfriend, who I knew would love Uncle Al as much or more than even I do, and the last time I had Googled for Uncle Al before now was back then)....But now ---
HE'S BAAAAACCCCKKKKKK! The Outrageous Online Uncle Al is Back!
LOL, so much for my etiquette training! (Don't worry, I still have enough in the way of manners not to post his stuff around here!)
Maybe this won't make any sense, but THANK YOU, Cathy!