My rack card.

My rack card.

In movies about big-city columnists, there’s always a moment where our hero stands on a corner and a bus passes by, emblazoned with an ad for their column. Those of us who wrote in smaller markets? We got rack cards for the vending machines. This was mine, but it was version 2.0. The first one misspelled my name. Yes, misspelled my name. “Null,” if you’re interested. Oh, and the artist added those earrings. The hair? Yet another of the Bad Perms of the ’80s.

Thanks to Leo for sending this along. He said it turned up in some newsroom furniture rearrangement recently.

Posted at 9:30 pm in Media |

13 responses to “My rack card.”

  1. SusanG said on August 20, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    I love that eyeliner/eyelash thing you’ve got going… That’s the true eighties.

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  2. Kim said on August 20, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Hey, before somebody else says it: Nice rack!

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  3. brian stouder said on August 21, 2007 at 6:40 am

    Well, that’s the Nacy Nall that I fell for!

    But the funny thing is, if I was at in a room full of people that included that Nancy, and the Simpsonized one, I’d gravitate toward the Simpsonized one! (last night Pam spent an hour Simpsonizing our whole crew, and then she compiled a composite family portrait…which cracked the young folks up!)

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  4. Dorothy said on August 21, 2007 at 7:25 am

    That doesn’t look like a bad perm to me. It’s a very beguiling hair-over-one-eye sort of look, which is reminding me of Lauren Bacall in the 40’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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  5. Danny said on August 21, 2007 at 8:31 am

    You look like Kathleen Turner in that picture. Maybe when you write your book and get all famous and uppity and forget about all of us, she’ll play you in the movie of your life.

    The Null Nall Supremacy.

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  6. Danny said on August 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Hey Nance, I know that politicians are given to inaccuracies and downright lies (it’s in their contract), but apparently a few whom you would normally agree with (Hillary, Levin, etc.) are now saying the “surge” is working. They may be all wet, but there it is.

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  7. nancy said on August 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

    I assure you, Danny and Dorothy: No one has ever looked less like Kathleen Turner. But thanks anyway.

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  8. Jolene said on August 21, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Danny, what I’ve read is that Levin is calling for a new government in Iraq.

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  9. basset said on August 21, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    not to name any names or anything, but would a couple of you just shut the hell up? right in the middle of a perfectly civil discussion you feel compelled to jump in and start pissing about Iraq and politics – nothing to do with what anyone else is talking about, just another opportunity to tell someone they’re wrong and you’re right.

    you have, of course, a right to your opinion – but you don’t need to express it at every last possible opportunity.

    and I don’t care what you think about illegal immigration, either.

    that said… now I understand where “Madame Telling Tales” comes from. and Madame is lookin’ good on the card too.

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  10. brian stouder said on August 21, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Basset – yes; ol’ Nance wrote a column or two sort in the style of Carnac the Magnificent (or Professor Marvel, in The Wizard of Oz), wherein she referred to herself as Madame Telling Tales, and proceeded to discern what her cystal ball was telling her (about some current event or another, 20 odd years ago)…and the columns were very entertaining, and the imagery was memorable.

    In fact, if the proprietress is inclined to ‘take requests’, a blog entry at some point (on any subject) in that style would be quite welcome!

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  11. MarkH said on August 21, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I approve as well, Nance. You didn’t look THAT good when I last saw you at the Dispatch in ’81. Not Turner or Bacall, perhaps, but as others here have attested, I’m sure your rack has endured…

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  12. nancy said on August 21, 2007 at 8:19 pm


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  13. Garry said on August 21, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Several years ago, WBBM-TV in Chicago hired away a news anchor from another station, Dianne Burns.
    They hired a plane to fly a banner over the lakefront.
    The banner company misspelled her name as “Dianne Bums”.

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