Free Times Ends Its Short to Middling Life
With a Nice Salute by Barber, Roldo & Co.
This week's issue of the Cleveland alternative weekly the Free Times was its last. As we noted a few weeks ago, a Pennsylvania-based publisher has bought both of the town's alt-weeklies, and will combine them, beginning next week, into a single paper, to be called Scene. We liked the classy send-off the FT gave itself, by asking veterans of the weekly to recall what it all meant. You'll find them all here. In the lead piece, our friend and long-time comrade Cindy Barber, once the editor of the paper and now co-owner of the hipster heaven, the Beachland Ballroom, tells a lively story about the old days, and nicely sets the scene for what will follow (we've mentioned Cindy earlier, here, here and here). Some more good news about the merger: we hear the online archives of both papers will remain available.