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Eunice Keeter, my English teacher, married W.J. Bacon, publisher and editor of the Sayre Daily Headlight Journal. He was my first boss. He breathed life into his daily paper for many years.


An Inside Job

When I was 13 years old I became circulation manager of the Sayre Daily Headlight Journal with a paid circulation of 2,000. I mainly handled the many hundreds of newspapers that went out by mail. My salary was 27 cents an hour, quite generous for my age.

I also relieved Jimmy Gee from time to time on the lead castings. Like Jimmy, I had a little accident. One day I spilled the molten lead down my pants leg and into my shoe. Talk about a hot foot! I still have a scar on that foot.


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