Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We Have A Winner!

On December 13th we launched our contest to identify a new name for the Mountain Views (Observer). A reconfigured masthead becoming a necessity for the beleaguered paper due to a court decision that stripped it of the rights to the name "Observer." For a review of the details, click here. Many fabulous entries were received, and we had to make some hard choices. Here they are:

In the Honorable Mention category, we have selected 5 possible new names for the management of the (Observer) to consider during the difficult name search process:

1) The Baldwin Blowhard
2) Mountain Views Whoopie Cushion
3) The Sierra Madre Suppressor
4) Scagtown Chameleon Chronicle
5) Foothill Follies

The First Runner Up selection was a particularly difficult choice. We considered this matter into the wee early hours of the morning, drinking and arguing and, I hate having to admit to this, fist fights were a part of the decision making process as well. It was an ugly brawl, and if you heard ambulance sirens last night, you now know why. In the end, our less-than-consensus choice was:

The Not In My Driveway News

But we do have a winner. And the person who created this wonderful new masthead name will take away the Grand Prize, a full 30 count box of some of the most outre' and unlistenable CDs it has ever been my misfortune to hear. Congratulations go to Pasta for this remarkable entry ...

Thanks to all who participated in this important contest. There will be more of this sort of thing in the weeks and months ahead, so keep checking in with the Sierra Madre Tattler, where news is inevitable and the prizes not all that good.

Have a safe and happy New Year's, and we'll see you in 2009!


  1. Sir Eric---It was never about the prizes. It was the opportunity. And thanks. Outcome sounds good to me.

  2. There are so many people I would like to thank for giving me the inspiration for the name "The Turncoat Tribune", but mostly I would like to thank Susan. By her example, she has shown us you can not only smile and lie though your teeth, you can also hug your business partner while stabbing them in the back.

    Have a Happy New Year.

  3. The name is fitting because of Ms. Henderson, Mr. Mosca ("Yes, you can vote on the DSP, well, no, maybe an advisory vote, well, no, maybe no vote at all, well,uh,uh,uh"), the spectacularly bad city council of 2004, and the duplicitous Mr. Buchanan - he of green intentions and asphalt actions.

  4. Dang. How come I didn't know about this? My name
    would have been The Two Face Times. Day late and
    a dollar short. Happy New Years anyway.

  5. Happy New Years to one and all...

  6. Where did the holidays go? That was fast.