COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio (Aug. 20) -- A bear fatally mauled its caretaker during a feeding on property holding dozens of other exotic pets owned by a man who drew the wrath of activists—and lost his license to exhibit —after offering people the chance to wrestle bears at a Cleveland expo.
How would a great newspaperman rewrite that lead? The journalist Joe Galloway kindly offered an alternative lead as a comment to Kennerly's post...and remember, this comes from a man who covered the Vietnam War and later wrote the book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, about the1965 battle of Ia Drang in the central highlands (it was turned into a Mel Gibson movie, when Mel Gibson movies were still pretty good). Galloway also covered the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and became a correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, so he knows what he's doing. Here's his version of the bear story:
Some days you eat the bear. Some days the bear eats you. Friday it was the bear's turn...
All you journalists and writers out there...Galloway has just given you a short master class.