Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times

Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times

by Roy Reed


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Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times by Roy Reed

This witty, wide-ranging memoir from Roy Reed—a native Arkansan who became a reporter for the New York Times—begins with tales of the writer's formative years growing up in Arkansas and the start of his career at the legendary Arkansas Gazette. Reed joined the New York Times in 1965 and was quickly thrust into the chaos of the Selma, Alabama, protest movement and the historical interracial march to Montgomery. His story then moves from days of racial violence to the political combat of Washington. Reed covered the Johnson White House and the early days of the Nixon administration as it wrestled with the competing demands of black voters and southern resistance to a new world. The memoir concludes with engaging postings from New Orleans and London and other travels of a reporter always on the lookout for new people, old ways, good company, and fresh outrages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557289889
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 857,866
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Roy Reed was a reporter from 1956 to 1978, after which he taught journalism at the University of Arkansas for sixteen years. He is the author of two books: Looking for Hogeye and Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal, and he is the editor of Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Who, What, Where, When, Why xi

1 Learning to Fear Geese and Believe in Bears 3

2 Some People Who Improved Me 11

3 Gazette Days 21

4 History Lesson 27

5 Moving South 33

6 A Stranger in New York 37

7 Marching to Montgomery 47

8 Getting Away with Murder 61

9 Learning to Speak Times Talk 77

10 The Murky Pearl and Other Graveyards 81

11 A Funeral Oration 89

12 Bigots I Have Known 93

13 Resisting the Resisters 107

14 You Want Your Power Black or with Cream? 115

15 Blurred Colors 119

16 Outrage by the Book 125

17 The Story Changes 131

18 Reconstruction, Round Two 137

19 Walking across Hell 149

20 Winding Down: Beale to Bourbon 159

21 The White House 163

22 The Viet Cong Has It In for Me 169

23 The Year I Lived with Hubert Humphrey 183

24 George Wallace Again 189

25 Southern Strategy Redux 197

26 Rescued in New Orleans 205

27 Dixie Takes Washington without Firing a Shot 229

28 London 233

29 Is There Life after the New York Times? 245

Index 257

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