Faithful reader most important to writer

It happened almost a lifetime ago for me. I was 16-years-old and had applied for and gotten a summer job as office boy of the Macon, Ga., Telegraph and News.
I was hooked, loved the excitement of the newspaper going to press, and liked my job, which was doing and fetching anything anybody wanted and rushing copy back to the composing room.
My hours were 2 in the afternoon to 10 at night. I had thought about being a doctor, but this experience changed the direction of my life.
When the morning paper had gone to press, and my duties were done, a kind editor said: “Would you like to try your hand at writing? Sit down at a typewriter and write me a sports story.”
I did and was employed, when school began, to cover all high school sports for both the morning and afternoon papers at the space rate which was 10 cents an inch and provided my spending money. I skipped the 12th grade in high school and went on to Mercer University.
In two years, I was employed as the youngest sports editor of a daily paper in the nation, joining the staff of the Macon Evening News. I went in at 5 a.m., got out the early edition before going to class at Mercer, and came back about noon to write a sports column for next day’s paper.
I decided to become a full-time student and complete my degree, and the executive editor asked me to write a daily humor column for the Macon Telegraph. A New York syndicate picked it up. So began a long career of column writing that extended into the ministry.

Number of columns written would number into the thousands: 47 continuous years for the Christian Index, seven years for other publications, and more than 15 wonderful years of three columns per week for The Newnan Times Herald.

As I finally say farewell to almost 70 years of writing and never missing a publishing deadline, all thanks must go to editors, publishers and above all faithful readers who were willing to read what I tried to write.

Blessings on you all!



More Opinion

Georgia Says

Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on voter fraud: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp embarrassed himself over public allegations he recent ... Read More


CTCA hits another milestone

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional has expanded far beyond the hospital’s dreams. Within a year, CTCA achiev ... Read More


It’s time for medical marijuana in Georgia

The Callaways are separating. That may not be much of a surprise. Probably half of all marriages end in divorce, and separation is just one ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs lows and whatevers: RAVE: The Newnan Carnegie Library celebrated its fifth anniversary. Over the year ... Read More


Georgia Says

Albany (Georgia) Herald on ISIL: It seems our Washington leadership has found something it can agree on — national defense. Since the ... Read More

It’s show time, er, fair time

With cooler weather starting to move in, you know it’s time for the Coweta County Fair. The annual event kicked off yesterday and will ... Read More