The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 20, 1951 · Page 24
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PAGE TWENTY-FOUR BLl UihVi^Lk, (.AUK.J ^uuuiiirtt iMiitv HAL BOYLI'S COLUMN Columnist Ends Eight Years On Job: People Are Fine, But What Lies Ahead? NEW YORK, (fl 1 )— Confessions of • columnist: They say a man ought to rear back every few years and take a look at his life-just to see If he's learned anything or is headed anywhere. It is my turn to do that today. I have Just finished eight years Ln the same old chair—writing a daily newspaper column. That Is the longest I have spent at one task since a successful eight- year hitch 1 served in grammar school, some time ago. The thing I have found a man needs most to be a columnist Is a two-pants suit. I don't know of any Industry that, over a period of years, requires so much coiisccu- tlve sitting-down. Most- of your mental traveling is done in a chair. A second essential a wise columnist acquires as soon us possible is ft thoughtful expression — a good grey look of wisdom. After eight years of steady effort I still can't report complete success In this direct ion. Copy Iwys, pass in g my desk, nudge each other and ask: "Is he thinking or sleeping?" The third thing a columnist ought to try for Is au open mind, the ability always to see frc.sh woods and pastures new in the human soul. This is the only real adventure In columntng. Rewards Are Unexpected The rewards of the job have been completely unexpected. I had the Idea eight years ago that a columnist spent his mornings giving consultations to anxious statesmen, his afternoons at the racetrack, and his evenings Ui a nightclub, being witty and wise. Naturally, he went home to a 15-rooin penthoue. Well, bless us, It didn't turn out that way at all. President Truman has never solicited my advice, and if the government hasn't turned out the way some people hope, my conscience is clear. I've only been to, two racetracks in eight years, and I know only one Manhattan night club headwaHer by nntne. But he doesn't know my name. And t he penthouse? My wile says we are lucky to have an apartment in a building that has elevators. People Are Interesting The real reward of ,columning for me has been the perpetual discovery of interesting people. Far from contributing anything to them, I have, myself gained an education from them. The human race, ior 'all the sorry gravel mixed into Its grit, la wonderful. Meeting (he people I have has given me a deep faith in the worth of people generally. It hu wiped cynicism from my being and made me nn humble optimist. The letters I get from read• ers would do that, even if I never got to meet the pecple themselves. They have taught me there is more hope for mankind than there U tor rocks, and stones, and pollywogs and /lowers. Feelings Are Danferoui, The bigge.it danger a columnist faces, 1 think, Is the danger of feeling he Is important. Merely because he has an audience, large or small. But anytime he feels that way, if he just goe.s and look* at himself in the mirror, the feeling ought to pass away and be replaced by a belly laugh. The prayer of most columnists is to make their deadline every day. But I think another good silent prayer might go something like thU: "Dear Lord, please don't let me get pontifical. Keep me from taking the easy way out and writing to please people's prejudices, Let me gain again the wisdom of a child, and keep what mind I have open and free," Well, now let's see what th« next eight years will bring. Y, SjfiFl'fcMBlsK 10, 1981 Ex-King Zog Buys Big Home Former Albanian Regent- Set to Liv In New Splendor SYOSSET, N.Y., Sept. 20. (/P) — Former King Zog of Albania has bought a sumptuous 60-room mansion on n 95-acre estate here on Ehc north shore of Long Island, ire may go in Ior forming on the side. The exiled monarch is expected to move here with hU family- and a retinue of servants. There is talk that "a bucket ol diamonds and rubies" was the purchase price. But there Is no official confirmation. Ex-King Zog has been living in England and other countries since 1039. when Hie Italians occupied his small nation. He would have been permitted to take the jewels out of England, although he could take out only a limited amount of cash under present restrictions. Trustee* of the estate and representatives of the purchaser said yesterday the exiled monarch Inspected the estate a few days ago and was impressed with the farming facilities, among other things. The estate — called Knoll wood — was developed about 40 years ago by Charles S. McVeigh, Sr., New York city lawyer, and later went into other hands. Rend Courier News Classified Ads You'll never believe- one radio to^ld do so M&fgY things! THE NEW MULTIPURPOSE Asa radio . . . elcelric clock or automatic radio-alarm . . . this multipurpose Zonilh Clock-Radio makes your day cosier in a c/ozen ways! 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