Pat Shingleton for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

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On this date in 1999, the first column of “Weather News” graced the “backside” of the Advocate’s “B” section. I hounded Executive Editor Linda Lightfoot until she gave the go-ahead, with special thanks to the Smiley Anders School of Column Writing. Thanks to the readers for permitting me to pass along some tidbits with 5,110 columns posted. The first column reminisced about my first “news” experience as a paperboy for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Subscribers had aluminum doors and when the Gazette was folded and thrown, the bang on the bottom panel provided a clear signal of the paper’s arrival. During inclement weather and before the implementation of plastic bags, it was either sandwiched between the storm and regular door or in a separate paper box adjacent to the mail box. Fastcast: Wintry.