A Foot in the Door: The Reminiscences of Lucile McDonald by Lucile McDonald, Richard McDonald

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I can see why I was never content with the copy desk and why I had to achieve a by-line. That was what made me tick and always kept me on solid ground. The Journal-American by-line kept her on solid ground for nearly ten years, throughout her eighties, and Mc Donald wrote more than four hundred columns. These little stories paid attention to local history in rural, industrial, and suburban King County, not just Seattle. Mc Donald emphasized the primary material of history, educating her readers that their family snapshots, diaries, and letters provided evidence for understanding the past.

I didn't see how I could continue in school without this job. There was plenty of journalism experience to be had turning out stories for The Emerald, but I needed dollars to live on. Intermittent employment had been scarce this month. Taylor removed his hat momentarily and scratched his head. His hair was bleached straw color where it did not show beneath his hat brim. "I want to be fair with you since you've made this effort," he went on. "To be flank, I doubt if you can deliver the goods, but here's what I'll promise.

Before her marriage Mamma briefly taught school, but it was apparent she did not understand children. ], where she met my father. In my second high school year when I had grown bold enough, I dropped a story in the box where contributions for The Spectrum were collected. My effort was accepted. Shortly afterward when several relatives were visiting I broke the news that my writing Page 6 was about to be published. I thought they would congratulate me. " All this made me wonder if my ambitions were indeed a joke.

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