Thursday, June 24, 2004

Reporters Notebook


A couple of years ago, I was surfing the web for some information about my old home town of Charlotte and came upon some delightful articles about the Queen City. (My favorite was the one about Charlotte's "urban removal" plan of the 1960's.) One of the stories featured a picture of the author. SHAZAAM! It was our own Mary Norton (Kratt)!

Mary Norton Kratt

Now, she has a new book out:

Celebrating New South Women: Twentieth Century Women of Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte, NC-The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and Levine Museum of the New South announce the publication of New South Women: Twentieth Century Women of Charlotte, North Carolina by Mary Kratt. The arresting voices of the women themselves tell their stories. Using personal interviews, archives, and reports from books and newspapers, author Mary Kratt conveys an immediacy as lively as front-porch talk. White and black, poor and rich, these women saw needs and answered them. They became a political coalition, mentored others and experienced being the "first woman" in many fields. Whether seamstress, mill worker, teacher, athlete, novelist, humanitarian, or socialite, the women of the New South in Charlotte exhibited the amazing tenacity and ingenuity that has long characterized women's lives.

The book, published by PLCMC in association with John F. Blair Publisher is available at Charlotte's main library and its branches, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Museum of History, and Park Road Books. Paperback: $14.95 plus tax 264 pages. Black and white photos. Index. Biographical appendix ISBN 0-89587-250-1.


One of our stealth reporters found this accolade posted prominently at the Charlotte YMCA

"Charlie has been a member of the YMCA for 55 years. He literally grew up in the Y, joining when he was 10 and learning how to swim.As a parent, he has participated in youth basketball as an assistant coach. Charlie has been instrumental in committee work and our community outreach programs. He helped raise money in our last Capital campaign, worked for the last four years in our phonathons, served in the community gifts division for numerous years and on the chairman's Roundtable division for the past 3 years. He has served in so many capacities including 10 years on the fitness Center Committee of which he was Vice Chair for 4 years, he has served the past two years as Chair of the membership development committee and has also been a member of the Board of Advisors for the last two years as well. Charlie is a walking, living example of the YMCA and what we stand for."


Charlie Willis

Congratulations to a fellow Tadpole (That's the award we got after learning to swim at the least that's what they called us in the 40's) However, now that this in on the internet.........communities all over the country are going to be tempted to kidnap Charlie.....and clone him. Be careful Charlie, be very careful. -Ed