York columnist Jim Hubley’s ‘Off the Record’ again on the market
This photo from Jim Hubley’s “Off the Record” points out an unusual cellar door in the sidewalk outside Bear’s Department Store between Market and George streets. “Frequently,” Hubley wrote, “pedestrians would be started by the slowly opening cellar doors and the surprising emergence of the freight elevator.” Hubley’s book particularly focused on downtown life in York City. (Update, 3/3/15: The sidewalk in this vicinity still makes the news. Background posts: Escaped bovine makes York newspaper headline and York’s first mayor Daniel K. Noell named one of his sons and Longtime York sportswriter Jacque Tracy: ‘He enjoyed writing features about athletes and coaches’.
When longtime York Daily Record/Sunday News columnist Jim Hubley died a little more than a year ago, people were asking around about how to get his book “Off The Record.”
The book, available at local libraries, was out of print.
You couldn’t buy a copy around town.
But now you can… .
The York County Heritage Trust recently came up with a cache of new Hubley books, courtesy of a private donor.
They’re available for $4.95 at the Trust’s 250 E. Market Street gift shop or on the Web at www.yorkheritage.org.
The book, originally published by the York County Historical Society, contains a large collection of Hubley’s columns.
Columns are grouped into the following chapters: “Famous Folks and Local Heroes,” “Local Institutions,” “Landmarks Living and Lost,” “Incidents and Accidents,” “Good Sports and Up Close … And Personal.”
For a flavor of his columns, access the following links that lead to his work:
– ‘We would ‘hex’ them if they ignored us’
– Giving news, sports junkies their fix
– Bury’s burgers: ‘That was it — no slaw, no relish, no pickles’.
– ‘That’s a stupid question;’ Brooksie played second base.
– Butch Wynegar ranks bright among York’s sports stars.
– York County, Pa.’s Cameron Mitchell agonized over career choice
– Playland plays nostalgic note for York countians