Mary liked editorials…

In 1921, William Allen White writes an editorial when his 16-year-old daughter dies, not an obituary, and in 1954 Hallmark Hall of Fame uses his process of writing it to frame the story of her father, perhaps America’s most famous small town newspaper editor, on the tenth anniversary of his own death.

Back in 1944, Dupont’s Cavalcade of America also dramatized White’s life, including another of his famous editorials and more about his political influence. I wrote that longer page about that episode a few years ago when I was making my way through Cavalcade’s historical profiles.

(Eventually I’ll incorporate this Hallmark broadcast into that page. For more radio dramas about historical journalists, see the menu item “Real-Life.”)

About Bob Stepno

mild-mannered reporter who found computers & the Web in grad school in the 1980s (Wesleyan) and '90s (UNC); taught journalism, media studies, Web production; retired to write, make music, photograph sunsets & walks in the woods.
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