Exploding Whale: And Other Remarkable Stories from
This lively and entertaining autobiography about the career of a television news reporter begins and ends with the one story he covered early in this career that just won't go away.The scene made "cult-classic status" right from the start: here's rookie broadcast newsman Paul Linnman in the foreground, reporting on a tricky situation at the Oregon coast. State government o...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Graphic Arts Books
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This one gets moved to the maybe I'll come back and read it later. Just couldn't get into, didn't like the choppy feel of it as he jumped back and forth between "the whale story," his career road (i.e. how he ended up on the beach that day), and all they great stories he wrote and people he has meet since then that he thinks trump the "whale story". I think I might enjoy it when I have more free time in my life but right now books that I read need to A) allow me to escape my own life for a littl...more
Since 2006, I've read many books about my adopted home state of Oregon. This one was on my must-read shelf because the exploding whale story is too strange not to be true, and I wanted to get the whole explanation from the reporter who was there. Paul Linnman does a nice job weaving the story of the whale with other stories of Oregon residents, their lives and contributions. Mr. Linnman's description of his career as a TV reporter here in Portland is also interesting, especially as he describes...more
I read this book after seeing the live footage of the whale explosion while touring the Oregon Coast. Funny story, but it contained so many more human interest stories and the author loved his work so much that I raved about this one while reading it.