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Cub: The Story of
a Boy Reporter

Cub: The Story of a Boy Reporter

A gallon of gas cost 60 cents — an outrageously high price in the inflationary mid-1970s. The Vietnam War had just ended, and the first videotape recorders were appearing in Japan. Bell-bottoms and teardrop eyeglasses were in style. Fugitive newspaper heiress Patty Hearst — who had joined her kidnappers in robbing a bank— had just been captured. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak would soon form Apple Computer Company. A year after that, the lights would go out in Manhattan for 25 hours. The following year, Egypt and Israel would sign an historic peace treaty. These were the newspaper headlines of the times. Against this backdrop, a teenage reporter sought his own headlines, interviewing the famous and the powerful, seeking new stories to tell while in pursuit of “the scoop”: the Holy Grail of all reporters. Starting at the age of 16, armed with only a pencil, a borrowed camera, and his trusty typewriter, this intrepid “cub” reporter covered some of the greatest stories and people of the era. This is his story... and some of the stories he wrote.

What will you find in Cub: The Story of a Boy Reporter? In addition to some entertaining autobiographical anecdotes of the young author’s brief stint as a “cub” reporter (from college press and country journalism to turning down CNN), and contemporaneous articles written during that period (like the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in Washington, DC and the Spenkelink execution in Florida), Cub also includes interviews with and/or photographs of:

Reubin Askew   (Florida governor)
F. Lee Bailey  (famed criminal defense attorney)
Griffin Bell  (U.S. attorney general)
Leigh Brackett  (science fiction and mystery author)
Jimmy Carter  (U.S. president)
Lin Carter  (Conan author)
Steve Cauthen  (Triple Crown-winning jockey)
Lawton Chiles  (U.S. senator and Florida governor)
Midge Costanza  (Carter White House aide)
Alan Dean Foster  (science fiction author)
David Frost  (British television personality and interviewer)
L. Sprague de Camp  (Conan author)
Zsa Zsa Gabor  (actress)
Dick Giordano  (comic book artist)
Valerie Harper  (actress)
Leon Jaworski  (Watergate prosecutor)
Hamilton Jordan  (Carter White House chief of staff)
Jeanette Kahn  (DC Comics publisher)
Gabe Kaplan  (comedian and star of Welcome Back, Kotter)
David Kennerly  (Ford White House photographer)
Coretta Scott King  (widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Charles Kirbo  (Georgia attorney, confidant and advisor to President Jimmy Carter)
Jack Kirby  (comic book artist)
The Amazing Kreskin  (George Joseph Kresge, a famous mentalist)
Gary Kurtz  (Star Wars producer)
R.A. Lafferty  (science fiction author)
Keith Laumer  (science fiction author)
Stan Lee  (Marvel Comics writer and publisher)
Barry Manilow  (singer-songwriter)
Eugene McCarthy  (U.S. senator and presidential candidate)
Walter Mondale  (U.S. vice-president)
Martin Mull  (comedian and actor)
Noel Neil  (“Lois Lane” in The Adventures of Superman)
Jody Powell  (Carter White House press secretary)
Vincent Price  (actor)
Helen Reddy  (Australian singer)
Gene Roddenberry  (Star Trek creator)
Robert Silverberg  (science fiction author)
Jim Steranko  (comic book artist)
George Takei  (actor)
Jack Williamson  (science fiction author)
Mike Zeck  (comic book artist)
Roger Zelazny (poet and science fiction author)
Anthony Zerbe  (actor)

If you’re a fan of television, movies, comic books, science fiction, politics, or the craft of writing then you will find something of interest inCub: The Story of a Boy Reporter.

 

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