Monthly Archives: October 2011

Teletypes and Tyrants

“Sometime around 1960 Gene Rutland [Commercial Appeal Tri-States Edition editor] asked me if I would let them put a teletype in for me, and I agreed. It was then they began listing Greenwood as one of their bureaus and paying me a … Continue reading

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Congressmen, Cotesworth and Community Pride

“One time Congressman Frank Smith invited me to accompany a group on a watershed tour. There were nine Congressmen, some high-ranking engineers and others on the bus with us as we rode around the hills and curves of Carroll County. … Continue reading

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Quint Quandry

“One of the most interesting stories I covered was that of a woman from Drew who claimed Dr. Lucas had told her that she was expecting quintuplets (at that time the Dionne were the only quintuplets who had survived). She … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hollywood

“I covered everything from track meets to debutante parties, from murder trials to street demonstrations, and truly my newspaper job was an education worth as much as all the years I attended school. There were many exciting times and I … Continue reading

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Habeus Who?

“Another time shortly after I started covering news I was asked to go to a habeus corpus hearing in Circuit Court for a fifteen year old boy from Lucedale who had been sentenced to Parchman for rape. This was my … Continue reading

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Learning the Ropes

“After starting to work for the Commercial Appeal in August, 1956, as their Greenwood correspondent, I spent most of those early years involved in routine coverage of news, society, sports, obits and doing feature writing. I tried to write as many … Continue reading

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Room mothers and Relatives

“While the children were growing up there were swimming lessons at the city pool, a short stint on the swim team, fun at the city playground at Little Red School House. There were school programs where Cathy was the Queen … Continue reading

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