I’m Kurt Greenbaum, formerly editorial director of RealTimeSTL.com and regional editor in St. Louis for Patch.com. I also previously worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where I was the online news director, social media director and an assistant city editor. Now, I have a small media consulting firm called Greentree MediaWorks and I’m the communications director for Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. I blog for Greentree MediaWorks over here.

This is the second blog I’ve set up at this domain. The first was so thoroughly hacked I decided to start fresh, with a new topic. Apologies to anyone who followed the old one. The domain remains the same, but the topic changed into something that was more a diversion for myself, a chance to focus on a different topic that’s of interest perhaps only to me. And it allowed me to document more fully a project I last truly focused on in 1994-95.

The title of this blog, as you will see, is derived from the letters of Frank D. “Babe” Mauro, a 20-year-old who was killed four days before the end of World War II in Europe. He was one of my mother’s older brothers, but she never really knew him; the telegram announcing his death arrived at my grandmother’s home on my mother’s fifth birthday.

But more on this story as it unfolds on the blog.

And I won’t rule out the possibility that I’ll blog about anything else that strikes my fancy!

More about my background

I’ve been involved in online journalism since 1996, working with newsrooms to help them adapt to new media in online publishing, as well as in the use of social media. I’ve been a journalist since 1983, working as an intern for the Lancaster New Era in Lancaster, Pa.; the Chicago Tribune; and as a reporter and editor at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

I was editor of an online start-up called dbusiness.com (later called localbusiness.com). I think there’s still a site out there with those domains, but it’s nothing like the one I worked on.

I have been interested in social media for a long time; my interest began long before anyone started calling it “social media.” As a member of the team that got the Sun-Sentinel online for the first time (on AOL, no less!), I’ve always been most interested in the reader interaction that the web facilitates. Hence, the position at the Post-Dispatch.

My wife is an amazing person who has supported me mightily through thick and thin and my two children are the pride of my life.

I hope I’ll learn a lot from anyone who reads this blog. And thanks to Marijean Jaggers at Jaggers Communications (and the STLWorkingMom, for her encouragement to get this up and running.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for a fascinating site. I got here doing searches attempting to find
    out how long a letter from a soldier in northern France would take to get to
    rural southern Oregon.

    Two reasons:

    1) My father was wounded in action in France in 1944 and I have
    written a narrative of his wartime experiences that is based on his memories of
    that time. To do so, I have researched much of the details of the war in Europe
    for the Army foot soldier.

    2) I am now writing a novel which includes some correspondence between husband
    and wife where the husband is present at the liberation of Buchenwald in April,
    1945. I want to know how long it normally took for letters to go back and
    forth. From some information on your site, it looks like it could be a few
    weeks. Not surprising, but I wonder what the normal time frame was. In this
    case, they are corresponding using VMail.

    If you give me an idea of that time frame, I would appreciate it.

    And thanks again for a very interesting site. I wish that I had copies of
    letters between my parents while Dad was in France, but all I have are his
    memories, written in the late 1990’s.

    Terry Brown
    Portland, OR


    1. Terry:

      Thank you for finding your way to my site. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed looking around. Sounds like you were on something of the same quest I was on at the time: Trying to figure out how it actually happens, step by step. How does a letter get from the trenches to the front porch? I confess, I’m not sure I got as close to the answer as I’d have liked. Sounds like it was quite subject to the vagaries of a variety of factors. You might try this organization: The Military Postal History Society, which I have quoted in several of my blog posts.

      Best of luck with your research and your novel.


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