Donald: A Family History and Memoirs of a Journalist and Professor

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Xlibris Corporation, Dec 3, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages

DONALDS WORLD leads on a young boys trip to the top of the tallest building

between San Francisco and Los Angeles during the 1930s When he returned

home he climbed a 60-feet tree in his back yard to see from a distance where

he had been.

Who is this boy? The answer comes in chapter 2 -- from birth to his mothers

commitment to a state insane asylum. Thirty years would pass before she is

released under his care and gardianship.

Chapter 3 explores the family tree and adventures by those who made the

Oklahoma land rush of 1888 and their departure later because of crop failure.

It took Donalds great great grandfather 65 days in all kinds of weather to return

to Tennesee from Oklahoma. One can take the same trip today in less than 100

hours!

Mrs. C. Jackson arrives on the scene in Chapter 4 to take care of Donald and his

older brother, Stanley. Donald didnt know until she died many years later that her middle name was Charity.

The headline for Chapter 6 is The White Avenue Gang. Donald recalls being

only a bystander when the rich kid was tied to a church tree on White Avenue

and one of his captures rode the boys red and white motor-bike around the

block. He and his brother looked like the Balkan who assassinated Archduke

Ferdinand to start World War I.

Elsewere the book involves Donalds school days, summer work in the Sierra

before joining the Navy and being saved by bombs that crushed two Japanese

cities. He cast his first vote for Harry Truman. After that his presidential votes

went only to Republicans. During college Marcia and Don where married

before their sophomore year. After graduation Don joined UP and 34 year

career followed by 10 years as a journalism professor at Oklahoma State

University. He retired in 1994 and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

7543 S. 70th East Ave, Tulsa, Ok 74133 918 494-3634 E-mail dreed@aol.com

 

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Contents

PREFACE
9
CHAPTER 1
11
CHAPTER 2
15
CHAPTER 3
21
CHAPTER 4
29
CHAPTER 5
37
CHAPTER 6
47
CHAPTER 7
55
CHAPTER 10
85
CHAPTER 11
97
CHAPTER 12
105
CHAPTER 13
119
CHAPTER 14
127
CHAPTER 15
137
APPENDIX ONE
149
APPENDIX TWO
155

CHAPTER 8
65
CHAPTER 9
75

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About the author (1999)

A memoir of a career in journalism and academe by DONALD UPHAM REED who rose through the ranks of reporter, writer and world-wide managing editor for United Press International and later a professor at Oklahoma State University.

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