A couple weeks back movie man Jack Poessiger read somewhere that Star Magazine was going away. Something about getting folded into the Kansas City Star’s mundane millennial mind-number Ink.
Next thing Man Jack knew, the prophecy had come true. Half of it anyway. No Star Mag last Sunday and none for a buddy who also didn’t get a copy of the venerable local weekly.
Hey, that Tony dude must have been right, Poessiger thought – until…
“It showed back up today,” Poessiger head scratches. “Do you think Tony’s story was wrong?”
A check with a number well-placed of insiders at 18th and Grand reveals that no word is no word. The only rumor about Star Mag floating around is Mr. T’s. Which is a bit of a head scratcher, since folding a senior citizen magnet into a vapid weekly freebie targeting 20-somethings would not appear to – you know – make sense.
“I haven’t heard anything,” says one source. “But it’s tough not to notice it is mostly bereft of advertising.”
“I’ve thought about it,” he says. “I only get two or three days of business news and the Sunday business section is gone. The Monday paper is a joke. And the only thing that makes it so big on Sundays is all the advertising inserts, and I get most of the real news on television or online the night before. The only thing they’ve got that nobody else does is the obituaries.
“I’m not that big into sports and every so often you get some pretty good columns, but it’s not like it used to be. And like today the big story in Kansas City was a big shootout yesterday with seven people shot. But it was too late to get it into the paper, so…”
The best thing going in newspapers is USA Today, Poessiger says.
“Even the Monday USA Today has all their regular sections,” he says. “Full blown sections on Entertainment, Business, Sports and News. It’s not super thin like the Monday Star.”