Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Forget "Tacoma Confidential," Paul LaRosa is the hero

Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page
Good job Paul LaRosa!
Tacoma's oftentimes very cruel gadfly broke a harrowing story in Tacoma, Washington while responsible reporters held off on the information for the sake of her safety. Then he continued to abuse the victim's privacy by posting even more information about her after her murder such as allegations she had a personality disorder and actually was abusing him.
John Hathaway was not paid for his work. Paul LaRosa has been paid and in fact, wrote his way out of the Bronx housing projects.

The irony in this small town of Tacoma continues.

 I will not waste my time discussing Mr. Hathaway. I applaud Paul LaRosa who demonstrates writing can not only change your life, it can literally get you out of a housing project.

For all those giving hope to others, keep on keeping on. -AW

8 comments:

Paul LaRosa said...

Thank you for the kind words, Ms. Gawker. I only ask that you capitalize the 'L' in my last name but I appreciate your posting this. Merci....

Paul LaRosa said...

Thanks for the kind words Ms. Gawker. I only ask that you capitalize the 'R' in my last name so it's LaRosa. Otherwise, I appreciate you making people aware of my memoir. Merci...

Anonymous said...

Good job Alison. Just keep writing your book.

Tacoma Gawker said...

Thank you for pointing this out to me. I do need an editor. Prior to your memoir, I already admired you because of the description of you in the book "Tacoma Confidential."

I also enjoyed your detailed descriptions of our city because they were from an outside perspective. This is not my hometown, although I have lived here for so long, well it still does not feel like my hometown.

I look foward to reading your memoir, Mr. LaRosa. The world needs inspiration! -AW on Forget "Tacoma Confidential," Paul LaRosa is the hero

Paul LaRosa said...

Thanks. I really came to like Tacoma quite a bit in reporting the story of Crystal Judson and her husband. Beautiful area....

Tacoma Gawker said...

I did choose to stay here. I love the climate. I have a waxing and waning desire to remain here.

In the 90s the crime rate was so high I literally have PTSD. I saw so many acts of violence. I was completely unprepared.

After Crystal was murdered, I literally hid and ignored the politics of this town for many years.

I grew up in what remains the 15th safest city in the nation and prior to this, Europe. I was in England and Germany until the age of seven. My father was a civilian employee who was a person who suffered the massive layoffs in the 1972 recession. It was and remains an American company.

I would leave at this point and am trying to leave the only way I can fathom. I have started to write a book. It will be both hilarious and tragic. This town has literally failed to take my soul away from me. -AW

Tacoma Gawker said...

Thank you for the encouragement. As Winston said, "Never, ever, ever, ever give up."

Have a brilliant day!

Tacoma Gawker said...

Well, the comment encouraging me to write vanished likely due to my luddite skills.

When I started to publish at the age of 16, I submitted articles to a daily newspaper that were typed on paper. Can you believe that we used typewriters? lol