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Skeleton crew

Skeleton crew

Here at TucsonCitizen.com we try to honor reader requests – as long as the requests don’t involve sticking sharp objects in our eyes or playing in traffic.

The term “skeleton crew” has been kicking around for some reason, with several folks pointing out such a concept was right up my alley.

Then this request popped up:

“Time for some artwork of the skeleton crew, Ryn Gargulinski?”

I couldn’t resist.

The use of the word “skeleton” to mean “bare outline” was first recorded in 1607, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.

Terms using this meaning popped up soon after, such as skeleton key and skeleton crew.

I’d hate to meet someone with a skeleton brain.


Have you ever worked on a skeleton crew? Did you enjoy it? Did it creep you out?

What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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