#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Lines

This week’s topic in the 52 Ancestors challenge is really wide open. I could right about family lines, or learning lines for a play. But I decided to write about bylines.

Merriam-Webster defines a byline as “a line at the beginning of a news story, magazine article, or book giving the writer’s name.” I’ve earned a lot of bylines over the years. I had poetry published in a couple of high school literary publications, and I wrote several stories and poems for Star Wars fanzines. I’ve written a lot of stories for the website of the TV station where I work. My blogging dates back to 2006. And, I’m not the only writer in the family.

I found out my dad worked for the Tate High School newspaper when he was student there in the 1950s, and my mom contributed to a school gossip sheet called “Teen Talk” in 1949, when she was in the 8th grade.

My first cousin once removed, Clark Hale, was a grillmaster who wrote “The Great American Barbecue and Grilling Manual.”

My second cousins twice removed, Ed. E. Reid and his brother Winifred Hugh Reid published a newspaper in Escambia County, Alabama. An issue of “The Escambia County News” from March 1935 (available on Newspapers.com) lists Ed as publisher and Winifred as editor. Sadly, only a few issues are available online, and even the Library of Congress doesn’t have the full dates of publication. Ed went on to help found the League of Municipalities, becoming an important lobbyist for cities and towns across the state. Reid State Technical College in Conecuh County, where he was born, is named after him.

I’m sure some of my other kinfolk have gotten their own bylines at one point or another. If you’re family and you’re reading this, please leave a comment about your own writing or share your knowledge of other relatives’ work. I hope to discover more family-related writing as I continue this genealogy journey.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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