Joe Blundo has won legions of fans in the Columbus area with his long-running column about Columbus for the Columbus Dispatch, the paper where he began his writing career in 1978. In 1997, Joe was given his own column titled “So to Speak,” which quickly became one of the most popular sections of the paper. Raccoon dinners, Abe Lincoln impersonators, and things in nature that aren’t fair are just a few of the topics Blundo explores in this collection of the best of his newspaper columns. The columns range from hilarious to poignant to indignant—but all contain his unique voice and somewhat tilted way of looking at life. He’s especially drawn to the quirks that make Columbus what it is—people with a passion they can’t stop talking about—and recording the milestones in his family’s life. Sometimes he spouts off on the big issues of the day but more often he looks for the little things that others might not notice. In his just-published collection of the best of his newspaper columns, Does That Make Sense?, be prepared to hear many intriguing stories from Joe’s four-decade writing career at the paper.
Blundo is the 2002 recipient of the humor writing award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Says colleague Ted Decker: “Blundo illuminates life’s littlest absurdities but also its greatest joys and griefs, and he does it in half the words it would take other writers. If the writing game were Name That Tune, Joe would be a returning champion. A man of few words, Joe Blundo speaks volumes.”
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