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Rich was an enterprising young man, a rare combination of engineering professor and newly minted musician. He taught engineering at a university, but for fun he played an absolutely brilliant harpsichord. Bach would have given him a standing ovation.

Rich and I were almost dating, delicately trying to decide if we should be friends or something more.

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anyone can write

Nearly 40 years in the business have taught me that readers are bombarded and overwhelmed with facts. What we crave, however, is meaning and connection on a deeper, more universal level.

And that’s why the Gillette News Record will, from time to time, run stories from students who are in my writing class, which I’ve taught for 10 years in Portland, Oregon.

I get great satisfaction from helping so-called non-writers find and write stories from their lives and experiences. They walk into my room thinking they don’t have what it takes to be a writer. I remind them that if they follow their heart, they will discover that they are storytellers.

As we are all at our heart.

These stories have nothing to do with Gillette.

However, they have everything to do with life.

If you are interested in contacting me to tell me your story,

I would love to hear from you.

Tom Hallman Jr.

[email protected]

Tom Hallman Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor for the Oregonian newspaper. He is also a writing coach and has an affinity for Gillette.

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