Candid Comments: Selected Columns from the Eufaula Tribune, 1958-2006

Candid Comments: Selected Columns from the Eufaula Tribune, 1958-2006


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For almost fifty years, Joel P. Smith served as editor and publisher of the Eufaula Tribune, the newspaper of record in Eufaula in southeast Alabama. For much of that time, week after week, he wrote his “Candid Comments” column, which traced the often-intersecting history of Eufaula and Smith’s own life. In the selections from “Candid Comments” collected in this volume, Smith ranges from Eufaula’s “top ten characters” to the history of the Chattahoochee River, from the Tribune’s initial support of Governor George Wallace until it ceased to endorse him, and from marriage and fatherhood to press junkets in Egypt and Cuba.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603060684
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joel P. Smith became the editor of the Eufaula Tribune in 1958 and was named publisher a year later. In 2001 he relinquished to his son Jack the title of editor, but Smith continued as publisher, contributing columns and editorials, until he sold the newspaper in 2006. He is the author of A Eufaula Album: A Pictorial History of Eufaula, Alabama (Eufaula Tribune, 1999) and A Brief History of Shorter Mansion and the Eufaula Heritage Association (Eufaula Heritage Foundation, 2007); he also contributed a chapter to Rivers of Alabama (Strode Publishers, 1968). Smith was the posthumous recipient of the National Newspaper Association President’s Award “in recognition for a lifetime of dedicated service to the National Newspaper Association and Community Newspapers.” He married Ann Sutton Smith in 1966 and they had three sons: Jack, Joel Jr., and Bill. Smith passed away in 2009.

Jack Smith, son of the late Joel P. Smith, is a former editor of the Eufaula Tribune, and wrote the foreword to Candid Comments: Selected Columns from the Eufaula Tribune, 1958–2006.

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