Of the authors who have lived in Skaneateles, Roland Sweet is perhaps the most prolific and eclectic. First with Chuck Shepard and then with John Kohut, Sweet co-authored News of the Weird; More News of the Weird; Beyond News of the Weird; Countdown to the Millennium; Law and Disorder; Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest; More Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest; News from the Fringe; Real Sex; and Strange Tails. A compilation, The Best of News of the Weird, has been published as an audio book, and described as “astounding, uproarious and absolutely factual.”
A lesser talent might have been content to be the nation’s foremost curator of strange (but true) news items, but Sweet also served as the editor-in-chief of Log Home Living magazine, which he helped launch in 1989. His Log Home Secrets of Success, is credited with making countless dream homes a reality and rates a solid five stars on Amazon.com. An earlier title, 100 Best Log Home Floor Plans, was published in 2007.
Until his death in the summer of 2015, Roland lived with his wife, artist Theodora Tilton, in Virginia, where he continued to compile news of human folly for a nationally syndicated column, “News Quirks.” An experienced pilot, Roland occasionally flew north to Skaneateles to enjoy the company of friends, a hotdog at Doug’s Fish Fry, Mexican cuisine at Boom Boom Mex Mex, and, on his last trip, the legendary perch dinner at the Colonial Lodge in Bear Swamp.
He was a dear friend. He is missed.
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In the photo above, Roland Sweet points out the site of his former apartment on Jordan Street.