By Robert McG. Thomas
Among his dedicated fanatics, his items have been identified easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that typically ephemeral apogee in people's lives once they turn out able to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. venerated interesting, unconventional lives with signature type and wit.
The manhattan Times bought numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter by way of a McG. Eschewing frequently well-known matters, Thomas preferred unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty muddle ("Cat Owner's top Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland division shop heiress who got sixty-four marriage proposals ("An Intimate of Century's Giants"). in a single of his vintage obituaries, Thomas defined Anton Rosenberg as a "storied someday artist and low musician who...
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It got her to thinking, she said, that if they put up a little sign out on the highway offering free ice water to tourists on their way to Mount Rushmore maybe some of them would turn off to quench their thirst and perhaps even buy something. ” Mr. Hustead needed no further prodding. By the time he got back from putting up the sign the next day, cars had already started turning off and making the block and a half to Wall Drug on Main Street. They haven’t stopped. Fired by the initial success, Mr.
I thank her the most. C HRISC ALHOUN 52 McGs. DAISY ANDERSON, 97, WIDOW OF FORMER SLAVE AND UNION SOLDIER Daisy Anderson, an old man’s darling who kept the flame of her own youthful love and her husband’s searing slave memories burning for more than three quarters of a century, died last Saturday at a nursing home in Denver. She was 97, and, as the oldest of the nation’s three known surviving Civil War widows, may also have been the last widow of a Southern slave. The death of Miss Daisy, as she was known, leaves only two known surviving widows of Civil War veterans, one each from the Union and Confederate armies.
Whatever her reaction to his whiskers, once Mr. Anderson began talking about his experiences as a slave, soldier and gentleman farmer, Miss Daisy was captivated. Thirty days after being introduced by a matchmaking preacher, they were married and began what Miss Daisy later described as an eight-year honeymoon, which ended when her husband was killed in an automobile accident in 1930. Mr. Anderson took his bride on an extensive trip through the West and lavished her with clothes and other gifts.
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