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For whatever your bicycle needs. “He really loved a news story,” recalls Bode, “broad, big, small or merely anecdotal. “You literally could see the adrenalin charge as he set the phone receiver back on the hook and loaded newsprint into the antique electric IBM upon which he produced a daily flow of hard stories, scoops, features, political columns, series on education, aerospace, fusion, fission, securities scandals, land scandals, insurance scandals, Sharpstown.” Occasionally his work was dangerous. In the early sixties, Long and Jimmy Banks of the Dallas News and Bo Byers of the Houston Chronicle uncovered a snake’s nest of bribery involving state officials. After three months of digging, the reporters turned their findings over to the Travis County grand jury. New blood But neither news story nor indictment ever resultedthe key witness was killed after talking to the reporters. After that, said Long, “we simply couldn’t prove our suspicions.” Long himself “always had good .leads and good sources,” says Bode, but he thought that a citizen shouldn’t need leads and sources to find out what his government was up to. In the early sixties, Long began pressing for laws guaranteeing open meetings and open records, an effort that would bear fruit a decade later. “Stuart had more to do with open meetings and freedom of the press than anyone I know of,” says Mrs. Long. “When he couldn’t do a lot himself, he’d call his subscribing editors and get them to call their legislators.” He contributed to Texas journalism not only new laws, but new bloodthe Long News Service staff for thirty years included an unnumbered parade of beginning reporters whom, says Bode, Long “hired, coached, cajoled, threatened, overworked and overcoddled” into professionals. Meteorological disaster Brenda Bell: “In the few months I worked for Long News Service, I found I could learn a lot but shouldn’t expect any favors. Novices were treated in sink-orswim fashion.” The hectic pace and con, tinual uproar of LNS’ daily routine, Bell adds, “made me wonder how many.years it would take before I became a real reporter.” Long News Service traditionally takes on twice as much work as it has staff and pours out copy from a tiny Capitol pressroom that looks like a normal city room might look after some meteorological disaster. Long worked like mad for twenty or so client newspapers, publishing seven specialty reports each week \(water, insur