Living Columns & Blogs

Living Columns & Blogs

Her stint as a professional photographer taught her to rely on blind luck

My first job out of college was as the photographer for a small daily newspaper in Eastern North Carolina. After one course in photojournalism at Carolina, somehow I found myself setting up a dark room (the paper didn’t have one before hiring me) and spending long hours taking pictures around town, then rolling film and developing it in the dark. The “C” I made in the course didn’t seem to matter to the editor who hired me.

Past Times

Young children worked in the mills, on the streets

In 1918, Miss Theresa Wolfson, a special investigator of the National Child Labor Committee, conducted a survey of child labor conditions in North Carolina and published her findings in The News & Observer. Here are some of the conditions found in the towns of Durham and Asheville.

Past Times

Pageant royalty in abundance for beauties past

This week the N.C. Museum of History opens a a sumertime lobby-case exhibit in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. In 1961, writer Hugh Mulligan took a light-hearted look at the opportunities a young lady had to become royalty.

Past Times

Looking back on the days of live TV

In an era of live-streaming video, here’s a look back at where it all began, with local TV programming. In 1979, N&O writer Jane Welch profiled two local shows that started in the 1950s and were still going strong.

Past Times

The yo-yo fad looped back around to Raleigh

The national fad for yo-yoing struck the country about 1932, when citizens of all ages discovered the toy and purchased millions with the same lack of restraint they went after miniature golf. The obsession waned a bit before returning in 1940.

Videos

Pokemon Go players fill downtown Raleigh

The trendy game Pokemon Go has folks wandering around the City of Oaks looking for virtual Pokemon and Poke Stops.
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