No names to start a story either. Sorry. His thinking seemed to be that stories that started with names were boring. He may have been right, but it sure was hard to write a story that didn't start with a name. Hey, the boss started this story, didn't he?
The boss's other quirk involved first person in column. He hated to see an I in a column. He once counted nearly 50 I's in a column and hit the roof. The next column had no I's, me's or we's, and he was thrilled.
His other quirk? He hated it when you used a name other than a person's name. If you said "the boss" too many times, he hated it. If you said "the writer" too many times, he changed it. Then he blew up.
But the boss was a terrific editor.
Oops! Sorry, boss ... few I's here, but too many bosses.
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