DG’s regret: Britannica no longer rules the shelves

“Everything else, I knew, would pass away some day, like the crumbling statue of the mighty king Ozymandias. But I thought the Britannica would be forever and I would always be ‘co-author of the North Carolina section of the Encyclopaedia Britannica article on the United States.’ ”

— The ubiquitous D.G. Martin, lamenting in his weekly column the loss of  “certainly my best job title.”

Martin’s old-media empire is now reduced to newspapers, radio, TV and books.