After reporting and writing features and columns for The Cooley Cardinal and singing in
the Choir and Vocalettes and then graduating, I became a journalism major and music minor at Wayne State University, where I wrote for our daily campus newspaper and performed in the 8-member Wayne State University Chamber Singers.
(Some things never change; at Newton School, I sang in the Choir and was a reporter and editor-in-chief of our little mimeographed "newspaper," The Newton News. I graduated from
Wayne State in three years. Why? Because I was hot to become a professional journalist! I reported and wrote features and film criticism and columns and magazine pieces for The Blade in Toledo, burned out after three years, went to
grad school, and got an M.A. and PhD in literature and psychology. I sent out ONE resume
that got me hired at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where I taught --what?--journalism!
I moved to Kentucky and have spent the rest of my career teaching journalism at Western Kentucky
University, doing investigative reporting, and
writing columns, magazine articles, and books--two--so far. I was a single parent to two great kids whom I raised with the help of the kind folks and excellent teachers here in Bowling Green. My son, Ivan, is vice president of an international company in Washington D.C. and called from Ethiopia in March to wish me a happy birthday. Claire is Advertising Manager of two radio stations in Bowling Green, but I rarely see her. She's also busy, busy.
I'm clearing out my house and making plans to
begin the next chapter of my life somewhere
away from Kentucky. If our January 1966 class has a reunion, I want everyone to come so I can tell you in person how much you meant to me during our wonderful days at Cooley, and how much you still mean to me now. I'm eternally grateful for the fabulous education
that we got at Cooley from all of those terrific teachers! Love to you all, Paula
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