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upside-down stamp is the universal message that the sender loves you...

Posted by LUV | April 1, 2008 1:11 PM

i'd have a heart attack if they DID pay them. in fact, i'm pretty sure you have to PAY to write FOR them. for the rest. of your. LIFE.

Posted by adrian | April 1, 2008 1:17 PM

Why did this letter "just" arrive when it was mailed last Thursday in Seattle? In city mail usually takes one day to arrive.

Posted by April Fools? | April 1, 2008 1:21 PM

Does SGN pay any of its writers?

Posted by six shooter | April 1, 2008 1:21 PM

Why did this letter "just" arrive when it was mailed last Thursday? In city mail usually takes one day.

Posted by April | April 1, 2008 1:23 PM

In my city mail only takes one day to get from the sender to the recipient.

Posted by Fool | April 1, 2008 1:29 PM

And it gets its moneys' worth.

Do they pay their proofreader.

Do they HAVE a proofreader?

Posted by Andy Niable | April 1, 2008 1:30 PM

at #1: it was my understanding that an upside-down stamp was some kind of international DISTRESS signal. At least, that's what my family has always thought. For the entire first term of the George W Bush presidency my mom put all her stamps (even those she sent from her business) upside down, as we were a country in "distress" because the election had been stolen, etc, etc.

She definitely wasn't trying to tell the utilities company that she was in love with them. :)

Posted by Tracy | April 1, 2008 1:30 PM
Posted by LUV | April 1, 2008 1:40 PM

@7: I know the SGN had serious spellcheck problems 8 years ago, but these days I can't find so much as a typo.
I guess they hired somebody new, or they figured out what all those red underlines meant.

Posted by RainCityJohn | April 1, 2008 1:43 PM

The SNG dosn't need to pa ythere A&E writers Its all they can do to k eep them fead.

Posted by Spoogie | April 1, 2008 2:01 PM

A&E writer #11 shows just how hard the SGN proofers must work.

Posted by RainCityJohn | April 1, 2008 2:10 PM


Posted by michael strangeways | April 1, 2008 2:15 PM

seriously, though, THIS is news? I thought everyone knew this? Other than Mr Bakkan, I think there's about three people over there who get paid, and their ad rates are HIGH, fairly close to what the Stranger charges, so someones raking in some dough.

They do have a proofreader now, or someone who acts in that capacity, and they ARE much improved in the typos department; I met the guy who does it at a party and he's very defensive about it...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 1, 2008 2:20 PM

George Bakan thinks he can pay whatever he wants because he's been heading the paper for 23 years.
The fact is I know he pays his staff under $20 per hour which is poverty line for living on the hill.
It looks like one of them got fed up and squealed!

Posted by Sephibishi | April 1, 2008 3:02 PM

They actually have A&E writers? Who knew? I figured they just published submitted press releases without any sort of editing.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 1, 2008 3:15 PM

The Best to All for April Fools Day!!!!

Yes SGN has improved its proofing several times over in recent years. Thanks to all staff especially Nick and Rick. Both are paid and full time.

Fact, some A & E writers are paid, several are volunteer.

Cheers, George Bakan

Posted by George Bakan | April 1, 2008 3:20 PM

Ick, George Bakan sighting on Slog. I need to wash my hands again.

Anyway, I wonder what joke will be played on the Weekly by the end of the day . . .

Posted by Will in 98103 | April 1, 2008 3:37 PM

"George Bakan cheap or not cheap"
OK, now tell us how much Nick and Rick (sound like the same person to me) earn and we'll see if what they say about you true.

Posted by Sephibishi | April 1, 2008 3:45 PM

I'm not sure what the message of the April Fool prank is. The note states the truth, which is pretty pathetic that cheap ass George Bakkan can't pay at least a token amount of money to his writers. Then, you might have a gay paper that was readable and not a joke.

And the SGN is chock full of press releases.

Posted by The Bakkan is burning | April 1, 2008 4:27 PM

That was definitely an inside job. The irrefutable evidence: the writer doesn't seem to know the difference between "it's" and "its".

Posted by Trevor | April 1, 2008 6:02 PM

I'd call the SPD. If it's like any SGN-related letters I've received lately, it's likely coated in liquid meth.

Posted by frederick r | April 1, 2008 10:56 PM

Trevor - if you pay attention to such things, that is a Dan problem ...huh

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