March 2, 1998
John Corcoran's article on interpreting news cliches into "real-speak" ("What Newscasters Say [and What They Mean]," Counterpunch, Feb. 16) prompts me to add a few that undoubtedly were used by his former TV station (but could be applied to any major market TV news operation): "Regrettably, John Corcoran is no longer with us." (The dumbing-down of our target audience sealed his doom.) "We know he'll be successful in his future endeavors." (We fear he's going to end up in the movie business.
June 6, 1988 |
In college, John Corcoran used his excellent vocabulary to make a strong vocal impression in class, but often handed in other students' term papers and sought out copies of tests before his exams. During his subsequent 18-year career in teaching, much of it in Oceanside schools, he never wrote on the blackboard and had students do all the reading in class.
January 20, 1991
Is it possible to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize from Gorbachev? JOHN CORCORAN, Playa del Rey
February 7, 2009
The fact that Jin is still alive is indeed good news for "Lost" fans ["So What Became of Jin?" by Maria Elena Fernandez, Feb. 6]. He survived an exploding ship, exposure, dying of thirst, drowning, a storm at sea, starvation, island moving and time travel. But most incredible of all, he managed not to get eaten by the shark the show has been jumping all season long. John Corcoran Jr. Calabasas
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December 8, 1990
"A person who makes a contribution has a better chance to get access than someone who does not"--a quote from Sen. Cranston (in his deposition to the Senate Ethics Committee) as to why he intervened on behalf of Charles Keating with the bank regulators. This certainly says a lot about Cranston's view of the workings of democracy. JOHN CORCORAN Playa del Rey