Late Saturday night, The NYTPicker got two emails from Joe Sharkey, a longtime NYT columnist on business travel.
Sharkey's emails came in apparent response to our item yesterday about the NYT's plans to throw a "cash bar" party this coming Wednesday for its soon-to-be-shuttered Sunday regional sections and its contributors -- many of whom are losing their gigs as a result of the closings.
Our item reprinted the party invitation from Jennifer Preston, the NYT's regional editor. Sharkey -- whose long journalism career has included stints as reporter, columnist and editor at the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer and Albany Times Union -- had this to say in his first email to The NYTPicker:
Invented the "Jersey" column, and it was a real good local column; did it for 3 years. Never got the invite.
Nearly a half-hour later, Sharkey followed up with this additional thought:
In my previous e-mail, I neglected to mention a point: This business used to have manners. And of course you may quote me by name if you wish.
Okay, we will.