‘Scott’s Tots’ newspaper article

Remember the newspaper article that Stanley held up to the camera in Scott’s Tots? — the one detailing Michael Scott’s promise to a classroom of third graders that he would pay for their college education?

Even though the article is shown for only a few seconds, it was written with all the care and authenticity you’d expect from ‘The Office’ writing staff.

They even sought the help of Randy Shemanski from the real Scranton Times-Tribune and Electric City publications, who designed the actual newspaper for the story.

Here is Randy’s story and the full text of the Scott’s Tots article, courtesy of Tim from the Scranton Times-Tribune and The Office writing staff. Enjoy!

Scene from The Office episode, Scott’s Tots.


  1. But… here it says that Michael was all ready a Regional Manager 10 years ago, but in the pilot (2005) he says that he has been a Regional Manager for 4 years… that’s only 8 years as such.

  2. Love. It. I also don’t know how my children will go to school since I have a taste for fine Italian wine. Maybe Scott will help me out?

  3. @1. tecona

    4 years ago plus i guess each season is a year, so it would have been exactly ten years. He must have made the promise like as soon as he became regional manager!

    Anyway, awesome article! I love the cast and crew of our show, going into such amazing detail for us.

  4. I grew up reading the Scranton Times. Even though I don’t know much about print fonts and other technical newspaper stuff, I recognized the authentic “feel” of that article immediately.

    The school mentioned in the “article” is the Daniel J. Flood Elementary School, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Wikipedia, which is the best thing ever because anyone can contribute, has a very interesting bio on Daniel Flood.

  5. It warms my heart that in their sixth season, the writing staff is still so thorough about every detail of the show. Thank you guys!

  6. Actually, if Michael made the promise to these kids in third grade (fall of 1999-2000) school year, then the kids should have graduated this past Spring (May 2009).

  7. What a great example of the team’s attention to detail and dedication. Not to mention, the picture included within the article is hilarious.

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