We’ve got our entire staff covering every angle of Dave Smith’s impending departure. And I think we came up with the origin of Smith’s favorite catchphrase: Yowza, Yowza Yowza!!!!
This was the Billboard #6 song in the nation in March, 1978 when Smith was first elected. Newark clique members will here something familiar at the 1-minute mark.
And if you don’t think this is how “Yowza” began in Newark, explain why Smith himself makes an appearance at the 1:49 mark of the video.
Smith just texted us that he is in fact not running for re-election this November. If memory serves he’s the second-longest tenured mayor in the nation. I think he’s served 16 consecutive terms.
Anyway we’ll have a story online tomorrow and in Friday’s paper.