The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Friday, March 25, 2005


The Troy Polloi* is now almost a month old. It only seems fitting to thank our readers and Mr. O'Brien.

As expected, The Troy Polloi received a modest amount of hits when it was first published (5-8 a day). After Mr. O'Brien's column, we are receiving 60+ hits a day. Thanks again Tim.

And to our readers: thanks for visiting and leaving comments. It is true that certain of the comments are less than flattering. Believe it or not, that is fine with the editors. Unlike a certain dominant political party in the area, we are not threatened or upset by dissent. Dissent is a good, American value. You will not be banned and your comments will not be deleted if they are critical. Plus, we get a kick out of them.

However, they may receive a response.

For instance, Kelly (who appears to work for Rensselaer County, tsk, tsk Kelly, get back to work) pointed out that we misspelled Lansingburgh as Lansingburg. Unfortunately, Kelly must have forgotten her history. Up until the late 1800's, both spellings were commonly used. In fact, books about Lansingburgh published in the mid-1800's used the name 'Lansingburg'. The 1892 Introduction to Melville's Typee** notes that the author lived in Lansingburg. Conversely, there is early American currency from 1792 that used the name 'Lansingburgh'.

Thus, the ballplayers, born in the mid-1800's, were born in Lansingburg, not Lansingburgh. At least that is what their birth certificates say (check with the Hall of Fame Research and Records Dept.) Be that as it may, I hereby enclose for Kelly a slew of h's (hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh) which she may use at her convenience.

And Kelly, you misspelled 'idiot'.

Thanks for making the Troy Polloi a success.

* For Republicans, polloi is Greek for 'many'.
** Melville was an author, or a writer of books. Typee was one of his books.

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