Cory Farley, voted "Best of Reno" 26 times in 27 years by readers of his column in the Reno Gazette-Journal, takes an unconventional look at topics from presidential elections to the best way to cook Brussels sprouts.

Location: Verdi, Nev, United States

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Watch this space for Cory Farley

You're in the right spot...but at the wrong time. To be fair to the Gazette-Journal, which is still my employer until Nov. 30, I won't be posting commentary here until December 1.
But I can answer a few questions readers have asked:

  • I wasn't fired. I was offered a buyout, fair if not generous, and accepted it. To be honest, I would have liked to stay, but editor Beryl Love wouldn't commit to letting me write a column if I did. I've been doing that too long and enjoyed my relationship with readers too much to go back to reporting on drunk drivers and church bingo games.
  • It wasn't political. Well, maybe it was, but nobody told me. I've enjoyed a lot of latitude at the paper (and it's paid off for them in lots of readers). If I was offed for my political views or because advertisers were sick of me, nobody mentioned it. Not that they would, but they didn't.
  • No, this isn't going to be a Slam-the-Gazette Urinal site. Readers will do plenty of that on their own. I'm disappointed and a little aggrieved, but not bitter. They could have kicked me loose with zip; as it is, I'm getting pay and bennies until 2009. Money for nothin', and I get to write for anybody else who asks me while I'm drawing the paycheck.
  • I don't know how they save money by paying me for doing no work. If they're happy with it, though, who am I to complain?
Mark this spot, and come back next month. Everything I've wanted to do over the last 29 years but couldn't is going to show up here eventually, and some of it will be fun. You can't get sued for reading....


Blogger Louise Thomas said...

NOOOOOOO! I totally missed any indication that you were being ousted from the Gazoo. I've enjoyed your column for probably as long as you've been writing it. Should have seen the writing on the wall when your column was moved to the editorial section. As if all of your columns were political, right. You'll be missed: you wry comments on various subjects & your road reports will leave a big hole @ the Gazoo. Good luck & let us know where you land. Good thing your wife can write books so you won't starve. Chuckle.
Louise Thomas

10:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for passing on this site to me never figured you for a blogger...but it is a logical next step. This makes a 2nd local blog site to keep me smiling, or shaking my head in disbelief.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Mindervillain said...

Cory, Glad to see you here. I've enjoyed emailing you from time to time, and you've always honored me with a reply. Obviously you'll still be around for emailing, but have you given any thought to participating in this comment forum as well?

12:23 PM  
Blogger tuzoner said...

I won't begin leaving nasty comments about RGJ until December 1 just as a professional courtesy.

The only reason for me to visit there was to read your columns. Read: I won't be going to their site any longer.

Like I said in a previous post - the newspaper biz is a dying one so you were smart to take the buyout offer.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Though I moved to Oregon from Reno two years ago, I continued to read your column via the online edition of the RGJ. Sorry to see you leave that organization. Too many of my favorite columnists have left.

Everyone has to move on, at some point, and I wish you well in this blog. You can definitely count me in as a regular.

Thanks for all of the great columns of the past.


12:12 PM  
Blogger nopastels said...

I too wish to say that you great column is going to be sorely missed. I may not have always agreed with you, but enjoyed the articles no the less. Glad to find out about the blog!

12:36 PM  
Blogger RiccardoB. said...

Thanks doing this Blog, Cory. I'll change my homepage links to reflect that your RGJ column was the last connection I had there.
Richard B. Verdi

1:28 PM  
Blogger patco said...

Sorry to see this all end. It was the only reason to buy the newspaper, to read comments from someone in my age group that undestands where we are from and where we are not going. I think were going thru another CB radio period in our lives and it will go away just like CB Radios. As a fired Air Traffic Controller and a worried American, thanks for listening to our emails and for your views in the newspaper. We'll probably get some young person who knows it all and that we are all wrong. Gee that sounds familiar.
I will miss you Cory Farley...

1:46 PM  
Blogger rosebud said...

what's the other local blog site that keeps jon smiling, or shaking his head in disbelief?

2:56 PM  
Blogger Vic said...

We'll miss your columns. Hopefully you'll still be in Autoweek now and then. We left Reno/Tahoe almost 12 years ago, but thanks to the internet, we didn't have to leave your column behind.
We'll be looking forward to your blog entries.
Hey, you'll have more time, so you can come to the coast of Oregon and visit anytime!!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Cory, Monday morning is going to be strange. Your mind will be geared up to go to work, but there isn't place to go. That's OK, sit back, have an extra cup of coffee or what ever, and thing of all those little projects that you were going to do when you had time. Now you have time, and your wife will love you.

I'm looking forward to reading your blog.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Hey Cory,

I would have told you this at the going-away gathering, but, you know...

When I moved to Reno from L.A. in 1986, it took a while to get used to the loss of the L.A. Times as my daily paper. But then I discovered your column.

I was just out of j-school, and all I could think was, "I want to write like that." You can write a tighter, funnier paragraph than anyone in the RGJ newsroom, and most other newsrooms as well. I can't begin to count the vocabulary words I acquired from looking them up after reading your column. And who can forget such fabulous turns of phrase as "surfeit of cleavage"?

It's still a bit surreal to me to know that for a short while I got to edit your work. (Not that it ever needed editing -- I changed, what, a comma here and there?)

Anyway, your column was always on my must-read, and your blog will be as well. Blog on, and enjoy your well-earned time off!

Happy trails,

7:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Reply to Rosebud:

I kinda like to read Reno Discontent, it's a bit too political for me but it gives a local view I don't find anywhere else, except perhaps for the RN&R. Has lots of links to other interesting sites in Nv.


11:17 PM  
Blogger tuzoner said...

It's December 1... so here I go: the RGJ, or Gazoo if you will, only remaining value after Cory left is in lining the bottom of the bird cage.

RGJ was no different or special than any of the other trashy editions of McNews brand newsprint across the country.

You really have to wonder about the management there if they offered Cory a buyout.

Cory claims it wasn't political but I have my doubts and always will whether or not denial plays a factor.

I could go on and on attacking RJG and its parent Gannett but I like to dole out the pain in slow dribbles - much like the Bush "we don't torture" plan approved by the Department of Justice.

Having said that, I hope Cory and his family adjust to his new stage in life.

Cory is a good guy and an excellent writer so he deserves the loyal following. I too wish I could write like him yet the best I have ever achieved is a poor imitation.

And that's okay.

5:30 AM  
Blogger rfbulle said...

I have been reading your column since it started. I have bookmarked your blog and am looking forward to future writings.
Good luck!

Richard Bullentini

6:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Lee said...

Well, you being RIFed from Gazoo pretty much does it for me. There is NOTHING left in the paper that will draw me to read it, either in hardcopy or online. The local TV stations carry better and more complete local news on their web sites, so my home page will now be changing. Thank God an old geezer like you have embraced the new technology and set up this blog.

Keep the comments coming, Cory! This insane world need you!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

Thanks, everybody. I don't want to make this a personal recitation of woes, and I promise not to. I would have liked to stay at the paper, but the buyout offer was fair, and based on what's happening to newspapers generally, to our parent company (sorry, THEIR parent company) and at the Gazette-Journal specifically, I just decided to step into the lifeboat when I got the chance. If print journalism can be saved at all, it isn't going to happen in the two or three years I had left.
As for me not being a blogger, I've wanted to do one at the paper for a couple of years, but somebody a few links up the chain of command apparently thought it was unwise. I heard (second-hand, but reliably) that there was concern advertisers wouldn't like what I had to say. My column wasn't generally censored or edited much, but that's one area where local reporters (in all media, not just at the paper) know not to go.
I'm going to be feeling my way a this for awhile, but I'm looking forward to it. If nothing else, it's a way to fill the four hours a day I used to spend at my desk...
Suggestions are always welcome, and if you don't want your comments to appear here, e-mail me directly at

1:45 PM  
Blogger angelosdaughter said...

I'm glad you started this blog; At least we'll still have somewhere to read your excellent, insightful, and humorous comments on life in the Truckee Meadows and life in general. I can't think what the RGJ was thinking to let you get away. Your column was the only reason I read that boring editorial page.
Your grammar is the kind I was taught, and I see so many mistakes in headlines and articles in the RGJ that I find myself wondering if the newspaper employs proofreaders or insists that their reporters proofread their work before posting it. Of course, many learned their English from a generation who learned from poorly taught teachers.
I have kept several of your columns because even after numerous re-readings your sense of humor still has the power to make me laugh. I am thinking in particular of a column in which you related your adventure with your son at the Celebrate the River Festival which passed through downtown Reno. You tiltled it "The Maiden Voyage of the Ship of Fools". I still howl whenever I read that one and I was impressed by your ability to laugh at yourself in print. I wish you the best of luck in your further ventures and will look forward to reading your blog.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Nightmoves said...

Cory, thank you, thank you, it's finally good bye and good riddence to the Reno GAGZIT Journal. Now, with you gone I can finally change my homepage and cancel my subscription, since you were the only reason worth reading it. Thank you for making this site as it will now become my homepage.

Constant Reader,

7:30 PM  
Blogger J Louise said...

With all the changes a RGJ, I didn't think they would go this far. You're a Reno icon! Don't they know that? They will lose subscribers. My friend used to send me your column when we lived away from Reno so we could keep connected. Thank you for all your years and for having this space so we can keep in touch.

8:45 AM  
Blogger donnams said...

I am SO glad to hear about this blog. I was depressed for an entire day when I learned (via the New and Review - of course!) that you were departing, Cory. Your column has offered me a small point of sanity - with humor - in an otherwise not-so sane world.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Atani said...

Thanks for all the good memories of col. past -always my favorite reading in the RaG . I came to Reno in '73 - and picked up on your writing from the beginning . I'm so glad that you posted your blogspot - I've added it to my favorites .

If you should ever decide to publish a book of your back col. - with comments you couldn't put in because of the local advertisers - I'd be one of the first to purchase it .

Best of luck to you and yours in the coming years . Atani

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cream Cheese said...

Man, I'll miss seeing you in the paper, but I'm glad you've started this blog. I have bookmarked this page and will regularly check it with eager anticipation. Good Luck!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I spent my very early years in Reno. I always looked forward to reading you when we made the occasional trip north. Then came the internet and I can drop in anytime. Best of luck to you.
Dwight, Claremont CA

1:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I spent my very early years in Reno. I always looked forward to reading you when we made the occasional trip north. Then came the internet and I can drop in anytime. Best of luck to you.
Dwight, Claremont CA

1:11 PM  
Blogger oldmotorcop said...

I guess no one has the stones to call for an impeachment of the the dynamic duo,(Derrel and Darrel)
cant imagine what the other side of the isle is in fear of.
Good to see your words again

10:49 AM  
Blogger Bill Tomany said...

Congratulations on retirement sort of.
i have enjoyed reading your journalism for many years Cory

3:05 PM  
Blogger kaptaintripps said...

I will miss your writing at the RGJ so much... you are mostly why I've subscribe so many years.

So glad you have a blog site now. You're in my Favorites. I will be checking in daily.

With you gone, who will speak up for us non neo-cons...?

Eileen Baca

6:33 PM  
Blogger Ken A said...

Lots of things I wanted to say have already been said here but I just so glad there is still a place I can get the wit and wisdom of Cory Farley. I don't do the "blog thing". I will for this one, though.
Thanks for posting, Cory.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Happy Camper said...

Only the good get bought out it seems, glad you remain among us, I follow the earlier posts in saying, " Glad you did the Blog !!!"

12:18 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Darn. I looked forward every day to read your column. It's the reason I read the RGJ. There is going to be a very big hole in the RGJ now. Thanks for responding to my email several years ago about light synchronization in Reno and the fact that I could drive from Hwy 280 to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco without stopping back in the 70's. All the best to you but I have a feeling you won't be wasting any time finding another good job in your field to fill the void.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Other people have said it all and said it well and I think I just found how to comment on line. When your over 80 it is hard to learn new stuff- be glad you are still young. Smitty

4:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just read your last column and learned about your blog there. Good luck.

1:16 PM  
Blogger John Shaw said...

Sorry to hear of your "leaving". Never really thought much of the local rag anyway, but did enjoy your article when I had the opportunity to read it. I'll enjoy keeping up with you through your blog and won't have to look through the rest of the crap to find where they're hiding you now.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I will miss your columns but retirement means more time for you with the Rivendell.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Nimrod said...

Imagine my chagrin when i tuned in to the online RGJ for my Farley Fix.

While I've been away from Reno for several years, I have periodically checked in for regular infusions of sanity and entertainment from your column. I am so glad to find the blog. Even though I have avoided any and all blogs untill now, This just may be worth it.

Your column is responsible for my email screen name as well as my posting signature.

You were always the best if not the only thing to reccommend the RGJ. I suppose I will make a minor change or two to my "favorites' list.

Best of luck and Merry Christmas.

9:20 PM  
Blogger StrHwk said...

I've read you on and off and I agree wholeheartedly about most of your stuff. I will miss you in the Journal, but good luck and I will keep on reading your recent blogs, so keep it up.

2:49 PM  

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