Hometown favorite Michael Smerconish employed his best radio voice to regale a capacity crowd at Pine Run with witty and vivid stories stretching from his carefree childhood days living on Mercer Avenue in Doylestown, through fun and brazen political adventures during his college years at Lehigh and Penn, to Stanley Cup celebrations, and on to his groundbreaking interviews with such headliners as Fidel Castro, Barack Obama, and, most recently Bill Cosby. The well-paced narrative, a sparkling sampling of his newspaper columns published from 2001-2017, was peppered with colorful snapshots and honest insights to his changing political perspectives spanning 15 eventful years.
His seventh book, Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right – American Life in Columns, will be available at The Doylestown Bookstore in June. All proceeds from book sales benefit the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center.
Smerconish kindly took questions from the audience after his talk and the exchange gave chance for more happy memories to be revisited. For example, after Mr. Smerconish mentioned he would be addressing the theme of Citizenship as the 2018 commencement speaker at Delaware Valley University, a Pine Run Villager by the name of Oskar Larsson, a DelVal alumnus, shared that students at the University once received a letter grade for citizenship. It was an unexpected moment – one that gave opportunity for the renown reporter to peel away more from the sage that would be included in his speech to new graduates. It topped off a delightful event that underscored the importance of local ties and that people really bond with pride in their community.