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Bill Thompson: Just in time, a poet saves the day

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For a while there, it seemed like it would never end. I can’t remember such a tedious presidential inauguration. Lady Gaga’s grating rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Garth Brooks’ tepid performance of Amazing Grace. And, really, Amy Klobuchar as M.C.? Did Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon have previous engagements? And of course, there was Joe […]

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Bill Thompson
Thompson is a native of East St. Louis, Ill., where he developed a lifelong love of the St. Louis Cardinals (all-time favorite player, Stan Musial; runner-up, Lou Brock). He’s been editor of daily newspapers in Illinois, New Jersey and Maine, where he spent four teeth-chattering winters in-between two of his three stints with the Fort Worth Business Press. But Thompson’s favorite job over the years has been riling up readers with opinion columns and editorials on topics ranging from politics to sports to curious shenanigans at City Hall. A newspaper in Pennsylvania once marketed him as “the man you love to hate.” He wrote columns for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1987 to 2001, when he left in the first wave of buyouts and layoffs perpetrated by a now-defunct company called Knight Ridder. He still misses that job. He doesn’t miss Knight Ridder.

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