Clarence Grover Thomason Sr., my maternal grandfather, was a newspaperman through and through. He reported his first story at the age of 12 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. At 14, he began working for the Anniston Star. During the 1930s, he founded a community newpaper known in the beginning as the Ensley Shopper. Later it was renamed the Industrial Community Press. In 1958 he was elected president of the Alabama Press Association.
He spent his life reporting on the people and the events that shaped the little city and the surrounding communities of Ensley, Alabama. This is how he recalled his life as a newspaperman, "I have lived and worked in what I think the most interesting and changing period of American and world history...from the horse and buggy days to high powered automobiles, jet propelled airplanes and the exploration of outer space. No other period in history to this time records so many changes in our country and its people. However, I predict much greater changes, and, I hope progress and human advancement in the years ahead."
But this is how I remember him best....reading the paper.