Today marks the 24th anniversary of U.S. 1 Newspaper, and the first time in 21 years that I did not help mark this anniversary as a member of the U.S. 1 staff. No champagne for me – and that’s just as well, given that I’m famous for getting silly on just a sip.
It was a great 21 years, mostly because I had followed my own advice to those entering the workforce: “Never work for somebody who isn’t smarter than you are.”
The wheel seems to have come full circle. As I write this, on election night, they just announced that Elizabeth Dole has lost her North Carolina seat in the U.S. Senate. In 1976, it seems like yesterday, Dole was a new bride and her husband was running for vice president. As a wanna be writer, I turned my insider status (I had lived on her hall at Duke) into my first published story, printed in the Baltimore Sun. How I did that is a comi-drama for another entry, but it launched my freelance career.
Then after 10 years of slogging in the newspaper freelance market, paid on a piece rate, I remember how delighted I was to be work by the hour at U.S. 1 Newspaper – paid to drink coffee, I chortled. Now I am freelancing again and glad to be drinking my own coffee in my own kitchen. It’s the right time for me.
But I’m sad for Liddy Dole. After 20 years of being mostly a political wife – in 1976 she gave up her job as FCC Commissioner to campaign for her husband – she was in the political spotlight. I’m sure she was a good senator for North Carolina. This was supposed to be her time.
Happy Birthday, U.S. 1! (If anyone can tell me a better way to paste in this reference, I’d appreciate it It’s a reference to Rich Rein’s column, and you can also go to http://www.princetoninfo.com and go to the current issue box to find it.)