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 be content to be the nation’s foremost curator of strange (but true) news items, but Sweet also serves as the editor-in-chief of Log Home Living magazine, which he helped launch in 1989. His most recent book, 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.
Today Roland lives with his wife, artist Theodora Tilton, in Virginia, where he continues to compile news of human folly for a nationally syndicated column, “News Quirks.” An experienced pilot, Roland occasionally flies 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 most recent trip, perch at the Colonial Lodge in Bear Swamp.
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In the photo above, Roland Sweet points out the site of his former apartment on Jordan Street.