UPI Memories: “Relying on the kindness of strangers.”

From posts on United  Press International Friends:

Frank T. Csongas—Working on UPI’s National Desk in Washington during the late 1980s, especially at weekends, we often had to report on breaking stories from far away places that had no staffers or stringers on deck. Dan Chiszar and I usually would call up the local sheriff to get the necessary information — a train accident, flooding, or a multiple murder case — then write up the story. Dan and I would joke, “UPI always relied on the kindness of strangers” — paraphrasing a line from the classic Tennessee Williams play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Pat Nason—Yes. Being in the middle – between the company and stringers who routinely, patiently, coped with late pay/slow pay – I came to see UPI as the Blanche DuBois of news services – always depending on the kindness of stringers.

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