From where I sit

The thing I’ve missed most since retiring from the news business in 1999 is writing a personal opinion column. I penned columns for various publications for a good part of my journalistic career. Now, I’ve decided to become a blogger, a word that didn’t even exist when I started my professional career more than 55 years ago. I plan to write on the things that interest me, so there will be no particular theme to my ramblings. I will welcome your feedback.

At the same time, I am publishing my memoirs on this site. I’ve been working on them off and on (mostly off) for several years, but I realized as I enter my twilight years that I’d better get them finished or miss the chance. The Web seems to be a great place to do this. My personal story probably won’t be of interest to many, but I will be most interested to hear from anybody who is brave enough to read all my verbiage.

In one sense, it seems egoistic to write one’s memoirs. On the other hand, it is a chance to leave a record of many things: life in a small mountain town in the 1930s, a newspaper career at the end of print journalism’s golden era, and a romance that defied all odds. I hope that at least it will be an opportunity for my grandchildren to know who their grandfather and grandmother were, and to appreciate their ancestors. My dad was a great story teller, but his stories, except for poorly remembered excerpts, mostly died with him. I guess I want to continue to bore people with my stories even after I’m gone.

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5 Responses to From where I sit

  1. Frank T. Csongos says:

    This is great stuff, Ed.

    Happy New Year!


  2. Dad — it’s egoistic NOT to write your memoirs. Besides, your writing flows. It is so smooth and clear that I don’t even realize I am reading until I get to the end. Keep going. Drop everything else! You are bringing truth, beauty and goodness into the world, and the world sorely needs that.

    • Amalia Del Cul says:

      Ed, adhiero a las palabras de Richard. No me doy cuenta de que estoy leyendo hasta que llego al final. Entonces busco otra entrada para continuar pasando el tiempo en ese estado especial de la conciencia de lector que lo hace sentir viviendo lo que lee, hasta que lo sorprenda una llamada de telefono, por ejemplo! Gracias!

  3. Dorothy Harter says:

    I hope that you continue telling your great stories. Gene and I always loved every one of them. Your story about your experience in Washington is important and revealing and so true. Beside that, who else could write a positive story about a tick? I’m glad that Tom is doing well.
    Dorothy Harter

  4. Patricia A Centers says:

    I think I can barely remember hearing your name as I grew up, but until my son, Richard Centers, attended UT I had forgotten. He called one day and asked if I knew an Ed Miller. I said no but I will ask Grandmother. I asked my mother if she knew you and she said yes -we played together as kids. My Mother is Mabel Ruth Hill Arnold. The reason my son asked the question was because your wife was his Portuguese teacher at UT.

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