1 How long has The Republic been printed?
A: 100 years.
B: 120 years.
C: 140 years.
D: 160 years.
2 The Republic wasn’t always a daily newspaper. It switched from weekly to daily delivery in what year?
3The newspaper opens its Opinion page to readers, allowing letters to the editor to run at what length?
A: 200 words long.
B: 400 words long.
C: 600 words long.
D: Until the writer’s hand cramps up.
4 Where is The Republic printed?
A: In the basement and on the main floor of the current office at 333 Second St., Columbus.
B: Over the hills and through the woods.
C: Under the stairs at the Dursley household, although it’s a little crowded when Harry Potter is also there.
D: At the Woodside production facility near I-65.
5 Which of these comic strips do not publish on Sundays?
C: Hagar the Horrible
6 What is the newspaper’s weekly entertainment section called?
C: Speed Zone.
7 How does someone submit a birthday greeting to The Republic?
A: Through a singing telegram.
B: Say “pretty please.”
C: Knock on the window and yell as loud as you can to anyone who will listen.
D: Send it by email to email@example.com
8 How many people are employed by Home News Enterprises, the parent company of The Republic?
D: More than we can count.
9 How many carriers deliver copies of The Republic seven days a week?
A: Two men and a baby.
B: Three musketeers.
C: Eleven on each side, just like in football.
D: 53, one more than the number of cards in a deck.
10 Are there any more questions to this test?
A: Why do you ask? Are you hoping for more?
B: This is a trick question, right?
C: Is it proper to answer a question with another question?
D: Fortunately, no.
It’s the first day of National Newspaper Week, and what better way to observe it than to test readers how well they know The Republic.
I promise it will be a fun test, although some of you might suggest that’s an oxymoron. But if it turns out that you hate it, the only moron will be me — and next year’s column will take a far-different approach.
With multiple-choice answers and no open-ended essay questions, it ought to be a breeze. And if you promise not to look prematurely, I’ll let you know now that the answers are at the end.
Get out your pens and start circling your answers.
1: C. The Republic was first published in 1872, although at the time it was called The Republican. It was started by Isaac T. Brown, who was joined in the business the following year by his father, Isaac M. Brown. Three other members of the Brown family have held the reins over five generations of ownership.
2: A. That would be 1877, when the newspaper’s name changed to the Daily Evening Republican.
3: C. The letters policy allows writers to use up to 600 words, which is quite long by today’s industry standards.
4: D. The Republic’s presses used to be in the lower and main levels of the current office building, but they were moved to the Woodside industrial park in 1998, allowing the company’s printing operations to expand significantly.
5: D. It’s Blondie, which does appear in the daily Republic but not in the Sunday newspaper. All of the others publish on Sunday.
6: A. Simply, Zone.
7: D. We request that birthday greetings, like news releases and most other content submissions, be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s the quickest and most-accurate way to get material to us and in the newspaper. It’s also easy to remember.
8: C. It’s 328, which includes employees at our sister newspapers, The Daily Journal in Franklin, The Tribune in Seymour, The Daily Reporter in Greenfield, the Brown County Democrat in Nashville and the Times-Post in Pendleton, as well as those who produce glossy magazines, specialty publications, websites and others who work at the production facility.
9: D. A whopping 53 dedicated souls get up very early each morning or go to bed very late. Carriers pick up their papers about 2 each morning, and — short of bad weather or some other calamity — deliver them by 6 a.m. daily or 7 a.m. weekends. Mine is always delivered before then. How do I know? I can’t wait to read it!
10: D. No, you’re done ... and so am I.
Tom Jekel is editor of The Republic. His column appears each Sunday. You may reach him by phone at 379-5665 or by email at email@example.com