(Editor’s Note: For many years, the late Topeka Capital-Journal Outdoor Editor Jim Ramberg and his good friend columnist Dick Snider covered the newspaper’s fiercely competitive “Dog of the Year Contest” with equally competitive annual newsprint faceoffs. Here is the 1990 version.)
Quality canine shines over Topeka … again
By Jim Ramberg
July 8, 1990
Let’s face it. Everyone gets old. Some do it more gracefully than others.
Look at Nolan Ryan, for instance. A class act, still throwing a 90-mph fastball.
George Foreman, that roly-poly fighter, isn’t going around singing “Yesterday.” He’s knocking the stuffing out of fighters half his age.
And Mick Jagger, the little English wimp, is still cavorting around on stage at the age of 50.
Of course, you have people who old age effects in a negative way.
They become mean spirited, cranky, vindictive. What’s worse, they get confused and often get their facts wrong.
Let me give you an example.
There’s this guy who writes a column here at the paper. This columnist. (his name sort of rhymes with Back Slider) lashes out at everyone and everything. He has attacked the legislative pension fund, the Expocentre, even (I’m not kidding) his own family. Continue reading