Greg Dawson -- Herman Hoglebogle to you -- gets book published

Dateline: Tue 02 Jun 2009

Greg Dawson came to the Indianapolis Star in 2000, recruited  by his longtime buddy exec editor Tim Franklin.

For three years, the witty, irreverent Dawson was the voice of consumer advocate Herman Hoglebogle, an old chestnut created by the Indianapolis News and successfully revived by Dawson under Franklin's leadership.

But while Dawson was busy writing flip, sometimes sarcastic and always funny answers to readers' questions, he had a book in his head: the heroic and horrific story of his Jewish mother's life in Europe during the Holocaust.

Now, the former Indianapolis Star reporter -- one gets tired of writing those words -- is the author of "HIding in the Spotlight," published by Pegasus Books and available for $25, the story of his mother's life and times.

Former Star reporter Marc Allan -- again, the weariness -- breaks this story within a story in the current issue of NUVO, the altnernative newsweekly. Allan's piece, published May 27, notes, that Dawson first told the story to readers of the Bloomington Herald-Telephone when he worked there.

"'This is a stretch for me,' Dawson told Allan. "'I spent most of my career avoiding long-form narrative writing."

Dawson, who left Gannett in 2003 and works for the Orlando Sentinal in Florida, makes good copy. Read Alan's story at:

And if you remain interested, you can hear him speak Aug. 6 at the Jewish Community Center -- details are in Allan's copy.


Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Tremendous news. Thanks for the update.

Old reporters don't die, they just fade away. Hopefully, the fade is slow, and accompanied by much more brilliant prose.

Mazel Tov to "HH" Dawson.

2009-06-02 14:11:48

herman hoglebogle [unverified] said:

Ruthie - I knew we'd meet again in a parallel universe, but I always thought it would be putnam county, not cyberspace. thanks for the generous homecoming remarks. your blog kicks major butt. amazing how you can be so far out in the sticks and way ahead of the curve at the same time. herman is in awe!

2009-06-02 23:23:46

ruthholl [Member] said:

Busted. I moved back from Putnam last fall, to get back into the loop.
One more point to make: you were one of the most popular, if not the most popular, reporters I ever saw in action -- with the readers, I mean, altho you were no slouch with peers. Your ability to connect (and your light touch)went a long ways in what was becoming a grim business.
I am sure your book is going to be a big hit. See you Aug. 6, I hope.

2009-06-03 06:22:58

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