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Welcome to my digital home

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You've found my online profile and digital landing page. This site is primarily a place where I post samples of my work and links to personal media channels at Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.  

I am currently a freelance writer, consultant and digital content developer. For more than 30 years, I worked for The Courier-Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Louisville, Ky. I wrote the Gizmo column for the Courier-Journal and Gannett, reporting on gadgets, gear and electronic games. My columns appeared the Tech section of USAToday.com and other outlets including ABCNews.com, The Detroit News and The Chicago Tribune.

I also held several news jobs including political writer, assistant city editor, bureau chief for the paper's Washington and Indiana offices, and business technology writer.

In 1996, I developed the newspaper's first official website and managed its growth into one of the leading digital operations in the Gannett family. I was the Online Production Manager in 2012 wh…

Our Woodstock photo album

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During our three days at Woodstock, Jeannene and I took photos of friends, strangers and some of the many activities swirling around us.

Jeannene printed some of the photos when we returned to the Midwest, then the negatives were filed away until 2009 when I scanned them and cleaned the digital images as best as I could. Click the image here to see them in a Google Photos gallery.

Notable ancestors

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These are a few of the interesting characters I've come across as I explore the roots and branches of our family trees. 

Mayflower passengers

Elder William Brewster (1566-1644)
Bingham Line

Brewster was a leader in the so-called Puritan movement of English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. They sought to "purify" the Church of England from its "Catholic" practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.

The Puritans were English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to "purify" the Church of England from its "Catholic" practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.

Brewster joined other Puritans who moved from England to Holland. In 1619 Brewster and Edward Winslow published a religious tract critical of the English king and his bishops. King James ordered Brewster’s arrest and Brewster went into hiding while preparing to depart for America. He…

Gizmo's 2007 Gadget Gift Guide

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It was Black Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 when the Gizmo Editor hit the cover of The Courier-Journal's Scene section with my gadget gift guide.



Gizmo's Gift Guide 20017 by Ric Manning on Scribd


Gizmo Editor roams the Akihabara

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In the fall of 1997 I joined a press tour to Japan sponsored by Sharp Electronics. The group included editors from PC Magazine, several trade magazines and freelance author Simson Garfinkle, who wrote Database Nation, a seminal work book on digital privacy.

We toured Sharp's new flat screen factory and were briefed by the company's top executives. But the highlight for many of us was the afternoon spent roaming Tokyo's Akihabara Disitrict, the home of large and small shops that sold all matter of electronic gadgets and gizmos. This is my report. It was p[ublished Oct. 18, 1997, in the Scene section of The Courier-Journal.

Gizmo Editor visits Tokyo's Akihabara District by Ric Manning on Scribd



20 years of gizmos

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To mark 20 years of covering personal technology for The Courier-Journal and the Gannett newspaper chain, I wrote this look back at the previous two decades. The story includes the arrival of the cellular phone and the DVD as well as bombs like the Coleco computer and RCA's videodisk.

The story was published Feb. 15, 2003.




20 Years of Gizmo by Ric Manning on Scribd

The DVD makes its debut

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It seems like DVD players have been around forever. They’re in our computers and our home stereos and you can pick one up for about $30 at Walmart or Target. But it was only 1997 when the first DVD players appeared carrying price tags of about $600.

It would be a few more years before movies on digital discs were as close as a Blockbuster store at the strip mall, a Netflix envelope in your mailbox or a red kiosk at the local McDonald's or convenience store.

I wrote about their debut in a cover story for Scene, the weekend entertainment tabloid published by The courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. This is a PDF version of that article.



DVD machines make their debut by Ric Manning on Scribd