This issue brings good wishes for the new year to you our readers from all of us at the newspaper.
This issue also brings the announcement of my stepping down from the position of editor after 45 years of continuous service, plus a couple of short stints earlier.
One could say I have had a life-long love affair with newspapers. We were always a two-newspaper family when I was growing up in Chicago – Tribune in the morning, Sun Times in the evening. I remember the “Dewey Wins” bold headline in the Tribune in 1948. I had a brief stint as sports-page editor in ninth grade and three years on my college newspaper, two as business manager. I also enjoyed writing – gathering and organizing information and putting the results down on paper. Term papers usually raised my grades.
In the winter of 1962, when I arrived in Greenbelt newly married, the News Review was working on the 25-year history of the city. Discovering that I had been a history major, my neighbor Virginia Beauchamp, then editor, invited me to participate, which I did, also proofreading at her house some Wednesday nights. On Tuesday nights in those early years I mostly recall how hard it was to write headlines.
Read more of Mary Lou Williamson’s story in the January 4 News Review.