It has been the duty, or at least the habit, of columnists throughout the history of man to decry each advancement made in the craft of printing and publishing.
We're not talking about the relatively modern advances by Guttenberg. It goes well beyond that, possibly as far back as 30,000 years ago, when a grumpy cavern columnist in the Cave of Altamira ran a piece on the wall that depicted a steppe bison goring a wild boar in what is widely interpreted as a snitty complaint by the effete columnist over the matter of the cave's suited management tweaking the medium of the era from charcoal to the more colorful hematite in a desperate attempt to garner a larger share of the Greater Altamira readership, especially among the 18-to-25-year-old male demographic.
Even in our brisk lifetime the changes have been frequent and sometimes unsettling. We've gone from typewriters and hot type to computers and cold type to today's technology in which we can just bark our column into our smart phone with its Dragon Dictation app.
On Thursday, the Long Beach City College Viking newspaper, where we typed, or cave-painted, our first column back in 1974, is embarking on a little blast into the future by printing a 16-page edition that includes four pages of pictures in 3-D.
We'd reprint them for you here, but that would be like using a radio to show you a TV program.
Will adding one more dimension to the 2-D newspaper experience save print journalism? Or is it even the future of print journalism? Is it a mere novelty? Does the Viking come with 3-D glasses today? Do we have any further questions?
"Yes," says Viking faculty adviser Patrick McKean. "In fact, the glasses were the biggest cost of the project. They cost a quarter and we're printing 5,000 copies, so that's about $1,250 just for the glasses. "
To help make the nut, McKean and eight journalism students drove a LBCC van to Sacramento for this year's state journalism confab rather than flying. That savings covered the glasses.
Today's LBCC students and other Viking readers will be treated to photos of the college's Mini-Grand Prix, a club car wash and a sidewalk chalk-art display all popping off the pages, and into the future.
MORE ON KILLINGSWORTH: Readers whose memories go back as far as Tuesday will recall our column about the book "Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect's Life." We have had a few calls about how to buy the book, and here's the best way:
Jennifer Volland and Cara Mullio, the authors of the book about Long Beach's genius architect, will be signing copies of their book from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Apostrophe Books , 4712 E. Second St. We plan on being there, too, though not selling books. Just sort of lurking around the stacks.
PETE'S SONGS & STORIES: Looking for another place we won't be selling our books this weekend? Try our friend and swell musician Pete Marchica's evening of music and storytelling in "Behind the Music" at 8 p.m. Friday at Viento y Agua Coffee House, 4007 E. Fourth St.
Pete will, as you might have gathered already, will be singing and guitaring some of his original compositions - including, one would hope, our favorite, "This Town," a nice, wistful tune which he kindly wrote about our book, "Long Beach Chronicles." Check it out on soundcloud.com.
Contact Tim Grobaty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-714-2116.