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Exploding Whale: And Other Remarkable Stories from

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Mary Lou
Jul 07, 2011 Mary Lou marked it as to-read
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
Oct 21, 2012 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: oregon
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 heard a version of this story while working on the Truth boats out of Santa Barbara harbor in the early 90s. What I liked most about this book was the way Linnman talked about the other stories he covered: all the inspiring non-exploding-whale stories.
Oct 04, 2008 Selina rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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.
Aug 07, 2011 Kimberly marked it as to-read <----original newscast video link...LOL!!!!
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