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A foot in the door: the reminiscences of Lucile McDonald by Lucile McDonald, Richard McDonald

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Lucile came from an era when telegrams were the basic means of long-distance communications, travel was by train or steamship, and papers were fastened by pins. This story concentrates on 70 years of journalistic achievements. Much more could have been added about her historical contributions, children's publications, volunteer work, and activities in Pacific Northwest writing groups. My role as editor has been to compress and smooth out the original text with minimal impact on content and style.

Mrs. Bezdek was putting food on the dining table in the next room and the coach showed me to the door. Clutching my wilted papers, I made my getaway, not knowing whether to exult or whether I would face big gaps when I started to write my story. Page 16 I hurried home and told Verna to delay the evening mealI had some notes to expand while they were fresh. I sat down to my typewriter, which was again in my possession as I was buying it in installments paid to my patient uncle. There was no use trying to compose a lead.

I haven't much on which to start," I told her. 85 left in my bank account. " "It's worth trying," my aunt conceded. Though I watched ad columns the following week, no job turned up for which I was qualified. I made my final decision and wrote Dean Straub I would like to enter school at Eugene. Back came a letter saying I would be met at the train and a place would be ready. The family in those last days rallied to the cause. Aunt Lottie made me a hat and my mother loaned me her trunk, though she acidly announced that she fully expected to have it sequestered to pay my debts.

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