Odd-Egg Editor by Kathryn Tucker Windham

By Kathryn Tucker Windham

Remembering the edge of male discrimination she many times continued in the course of her profession as a newspaper-woman, the writer wistfully recollects the harm of being neglected, snubbed, and ribbed by means of her male colleagues

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It smacked against the rear wall of the courtroom. "Just wanted to be sure I hadn't forgotten how," he said. One morning Judge Scott had before him a defendant who was charged with having escaped from police custody. "I understand you were a trusty, a floor boy, here in the police department and that you walked off. " "Yessir, your honor," responded the defendant. "Somebody come by and give me a secret sign that meant it would be good for me if I left. " Page 26 "Well," said the judge, "I'm going to give you a sign.

We'll go to hell and put on a very good show for you. " We'll go to hell and tell the Devil a thing or two. There'll be plenty of devilettes there who will dance and will sing for you. " The marching men seemed to like the song. In addition to Commissioner Screws and General Stratemeyer, I had another enemy, a man whose name I never knew. He came up the steps and into the newsroom one morning, strode over to my desk and spat out, "So you're Kathryn Tucker! " I was surprised by his attack, but when he then insinuated that I had been "paid off" to write the offensive (to him) article, I was furious.

The first twenty-five dollars I earned (it took 250 inches of copy to earn twenty-five dollars), I used to buy Ball's History of Clarke County. Two elderly sisters in Grove Hill sold me their copy of the book, took it out of the old round-top trunk where it had lain for goodness knows how many years. "I always meant to read it, but I just never did. Papa read it and told me about some of the things in it. I don't believe Papa admired Reverend Ball," one of the sisters told me. The other sister was counting the twenty-five one-dollar bills I had handed her.

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