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

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A reluctant feminist, an awkward leader, an irritable followerthis autobiography is the carefully crafted product of all these tensions. More than a decade ago, Lucile Mc Donald was kind to me when I phoned to ask her help researching a local history topic. She made it plain that I was wasting my time in graduate school and should get an honest job. But she was clearly pleased that I was thoroughly familiar with her work. She invited me to her home and opened her files to me. I became one of her many acquaintances.

In my second high school year when I had grown bold enough, I dropped a story in the box where contributions for The Spectrum were collected. My effort was accepted. Shortly afterward when several relatives were visiting I broke the news that my writing Page 6 was about to be published. I thought they would congratulate me. " All this made me wonder if my ambitions were indeed a joke. Soon I was going to have to earn my living so why shouldn't I use my only talent? The relatives, who tended to scoff at what they did not understand, had reached the stage of discussing my probable future career.

I needed Page 13 to be sure of a source of the nickels and dimes doled out for food purchases. Eugene was still a country town so groceries were inexpensive. Hamburger, one of my staples, was ten cents a pound, good for two days' portions. The mailing office work tapered off early in December leaving but $13 between me and empty pockets, but my spirits were raised when I qualified as a cub reporter on The Emerald. When I went home for Christmas I received $11 in cash, some useful presents, and an evening dress from Mrs.

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