Monday, August 31, 2009
I am continuing to collect information about Florida and Ohio women's page editor Beverley Morales. She has a long and varied career so it has taken years to collect data. I just found someone to collect clips from the newspaper Beverley and her husband owned in North Dakota in the 1950s.
I am just beginning an article about Beverley for a regional history journal.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I just received word that my article on Edee Greene, women's page editor of the Fort Lauderdale News in the 1960s, is under review with a state history journal. I also heard from Edee's daughter last week. I am glad that my work on Edee is coming along - she is a favorite!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I have started a new research project about Seattle women's page editors Dorothy Brant Brazier & Anna Roosevelt Boettiger (pictured about with her mother, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt).
Dorothy Brant Brazier was 1964 Penney-Missouri Award winner for her work at the Seattle Times. She was the women's page editor at the Times from 1931 through the 1970s.
Anna Roosevelt Boettiger was the women's page editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1936 through the 1943. I learned about Anna while doing research last week for a sidebar to go with my article about P-I women's page journalist Bobbi McCallum.
I plan to collect articles by the two women and begin an analysis.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A year ago today we arrived in Orlando from St. Louis - our home for the previous five years. While here, we have continued to study women’s page editors. In the past year, we have visited three archives in Florida to collect materials: University of Miami, South Florida History Museum and the University of South Florida.
A true highlight of the past year was getting to speak to the daughters of several women’s page editors: Carol Sutton’s two daughters, Edee Green’s daughter Helen and Jeanne Voltz’s daughter, Jeanne. (Few women’s page journalists had children, but if they did, it was usually daughters.)
The more we learn about these women and their impact on both journalism and their communities – the more impressed we are. Several of their stories will be published in the upcoming year. It’s been a happy and productive beginning in our new state.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
We went to see the movie, Julie and Julia, yesterday. (The movie was much better than the book.) This 1978 image of Julia Child is from the Chicago Tribune photo archives. Here is the story.
Food editor Jeanne Voltz (of the Miami Herald and then Los Angeles Times women’s pages) must have known Julia – they traveled in the same circles, including being friends with James Beard.
I recently wrote a book chapter about Jeanne and I am continuing to study food journalism.
This week was Helen Thomas' 89th Birthday. Helen was a good friend of Washington Star women's page fashion Eleni Epstein. Here is an earlier entry on the friendship between the two women. (I am completing an R&R on an article about Eleni.)
Helen celebrated her birthday with President Obama - he turned 48 on the same day. Here's an article about the two sharing cupcakes.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
When we were in Coral Gables two weeks ago to go through journalist Helen Muir's papers at the University of Miami, we went by Helen's home. She lived near environmental great Marjory Stoneman Douglas. They were a fun pair.
Helen wrote for both the Miami News and the Miami Herald women's sections. I am going to work on drafting a paper on Helen on Friday.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Above is a letter that Miami journalist Helen Muir wrote to Jim Bellows following the death of Jim's wife Maggie Savoy - a well known women's page journalist. Helen worked as a women's page journalist for Jim when he was an editor at the Miami News.
The letter can be found in Helen's papers at the University of Miami. There are several letters back-and-forth over the years.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here is a postcard that Miami Herald women's page editors Marie Anderson and Dorothy Jurney sent to Miami journalist and library advocate Helen Muir. It can be found in Helen's papers at the University of Miami. Lance and I went through Helen's papers a few weeks ago and found some great letters.
I am working on an article about Miami women that includes Helen, Marie and Dorothy.