The late Sam Welsch was one of those people. He served as an English teacher at Marietta High School before becoming a state representative of Cobb County.
Sam was running for mayor again a half century ago when everyone saw him tipping his hat and shaking hands in front of “Mosley’s Barn” as lawyer Bill Berk fondly anointed the “Downtown Building.” Afterward, Welsch would retreat to his upstairs office at “The Barn.” Welsch was a typical bachelor and normally stayed out of the spotlight and avoided public speeches.
There was a tiny, loud dog called “Truman” that lived in the grandstand in Glover Park in Marietta Square. So after our difficulty getting Sam to answer some routine city questions, it was decided to interview Truman the dog instead. After a few interviews Truman suddenly disappeared. We jokingly said Truman’s dognapping was done by Welsch. …
This Scribbler got into the newspaper business in 1938 while attending Marietta High School. My editor was Tom Arnold, a longtime former Hersch newspaper man who made me realize that I didn’t know anything about writing; he set out to train me. He was already retired from the Pensacola Times and was an older man who contributed much to my career. He was the type of newspaper man who never took off his hat. This writer learned about how to edit copy from him.
My first story at the newspaper was about two old residents at the Cobb Alms House who had fought it out with their canes during an argument over the merits of Gov. Eugene Talmadge. …
This Scribbler feels good and has never had heart attack or stroke, but has macular degeneration.
In signing off I would like to personally thank Editorial Page editor Joe Kirby, Carol Ann King for 20 years as my advertisement assistant and MDJ associate editor Jay Whorton, who were all a pleasure to work with.
Bill Kinney is Editor Emeritus of the Marietta Daily Journal.