I was a weird teenager. In addition to hanging out with friends, avoiding homework, and performing in school plays, I loved reading about current events and especially enjoyed editorial essays.
I first read George Will in Newsweek, and his syndicated newspaper columns followed me as I lived in D.C., Atlanta, and Syracuse as well as in hotel lobbies on family trips. But I noticed something. Some newspapers, especially in lesser known cities, ran the syndicated pieces with a much older photo of Will. He wasn’t the only syndicated columnist in this camp.
This amused me, but also I didn’t understand how, in an email age, they couldn’t just ask for an updated photo.
As it is in 2022, we are more than two decades into blogging and social media. We can all be editorialists. The photo of me on this blog was taken in 2017, I think. Today, my beard is graying. The guy in the about me picture on this site was regularly told he looked 5 to 10 years younger than his actual age. Today the math has reversed, which I’m fine with. Maybe I’ll change my photo. Not today.