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Adventures in Reporting, 1

When I worked at the now-defunct (Canyon Lake, Texas) Times Guardian in 2004, one of our features was a “Word on the Street” section. I’d go into town and ask local residents at random their opinions of any given issue. Among the questions we’d ask were “Do you plan to read Bill Clinton’s autobiography?”, “Whom do you plan to vote for?”, “What do you think of the name of the new high school?” and so forth. Most were friendly, and many of those who didn’t want to talk would politely decline.

There was one lady who answered the question and then refused to give her last name or pose for a headshot. What’s the problem? I asked, hoping I could talk this camera-shy person into a quick pose at the very least.

“There’s a warrant for my arrest, and I don’t want the cops to know where I am,” she said.

I couldn’t help but laugh.

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