Today, The Straight Dope’s Cecil Adams stated that, after 45 years, the column is going to end. The Chicago Reader is being sold and the owners think it’s time for a change. Read Cecil’s own words on the news.
The Straight Dope has been around since 1973 and has been a part of my life since the late 90’s, effectively 20 years. I remember using the Straight Dope portal on AOL and pouring over old columns. Most of my life, Cecil Adams has answered the unanswerable for me. The civil, witty, and honest column has been one of those reliable parts of my life that I thought would always be there.
Times change and business is business. The columns will be archived online and the community (of which I’m too dense to contribute) will remain.
I have a feeling that, like Mystery Science Theater 3000, this small but very dedicated base of fans will remain long after the end. And who knows, maybe like MST3K, a well-funded Kickstarter will bring Cecil out of his cave and begin another column elsewhere.
If you’ve never heard of The Straight Dope, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the website. Here’s a link to the Archives which includes the final question column from June 27, 2018.
Cecil Adams, Slug Signorino, and the teeming millions – thanks for everything.