William F. Yurasko
People ask me what kind of last name I have and I tell them “a great one.”
My home is in Alexandria. I used to live in Pentagon City, Arlington and I grew up in Vienna. Northern Virginia. Near Washington, D.C. I call it BeltwayLand. My driver license simply says ” Virginia.” I was born in New Jersey though and I still go to the Jersey Shore. I enjoy living at one end of the Northeast Corridor. As a former colleague say “you’re too sarcastic to be Southern.”
My alma mater is Penn State. That was wonderful. I met my wife there, had some great courses in Media Studies, history and went to a lot of football games. Then the bad thing happened, so we’re kind of estranged right now.
I blog a lot about things like D.C. sports teams. #1 is the Washington Nationals; I’m the longest continuing Nats blogger, dating back to April 2004. I coined the “Mr. Walkoff” nickname for Ryan Zimmerman on Nationals Park Opening Night 2008. #2-5 varies, but of late the Redskins (who ought to just change their name already) seem to be #2. I didn’t always like the Redskins either. The Capitals were #2 for many years, but I’m disappointed in their owner Ted Leonsis for being a part of so many lockouts. I guess D.C. United is #4 though that could go higher once I know they are sticking around. I’m ambivalent about the Wizards. I am an armchair D.C. sports historian.
As part of my Nats blogging, I’m also very critical of the Baltimore Orioles, the owner Peter Angelos and the corrupt bargain that gave away most of the Nats TV rights to Angelos. Most of the 2005-2006 seasons were not available to most Washingtonians, a story that was under-reported, nor is the current situation.
The New York Yankees are my American League team, since my mom worked from them before I was born. Her dad was born & raised on the same street as Yankee Stadium too. I don’t blog about them too much because one baseball team is enough.
Lastly, Yale football gets a little attention since my dad was a Yalie and took the obligations and privileges very seriously.
I take uniforms and logos too seriously.
During the Nats and Skins seasons I invite opposition fans to participate in guest prognosticator posts. Those are really fun.
I also blog about transportation like highways (lots of car trips back to Jersey and traveling to Penn State) made me appreciate them. I used to have standalone highways pages when I was in college. I have revived The Beltway @ Yurasko.net for my current highways blogging. I dig subways too and am eager for Metro Silver Line to be finished to Tysons.
Professionally, I’m in content management lead for a federal contractor. Most of my career was spent in GannettDigital which was an open secret (at least according to a fellow alum who tracked me down for a job posting — he got it), though I must add that my opinions are mine and do not reflect the un-named or previous employers. I don’t blog about media as much as I used to either.
“William World News” was originally “Weekly William News” which was a better name, but inaccurate with regards to the frequency of news. I was inspired by the outstanding investigative journalism of a supermarket tabloid. The current name isn’t great, but I’ve had it since 2004.