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Viral Video: Silicon Valley May Now Officially Blame Larry Kramer for BoomTown

Larry Kramer, the online journalism pioneer and persistent gadfly, finally took credit where credit is certainly due, in a story he tells of giving me my big break way back in the dark ages.

In a recent video interview with Beet.TV, below, Kramer claims I “scared” him into giving me a stringer job at the Washington Post in the early 1980s.

Apparently, I harangued Kramer, who was then the metro editor, over poor-quality coverage of Georgetown University–where I was an undergraduate–by the august newspaper.

I recall a simple phone request for, you know, accuracy and no misspelling from the Post. But it’s true, its stories were godawful, giving me my first stepping stone.

Thanks, Larry!

Here’s Kramer–who founded MarketWatch–telling his tale of woe:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik