One more from ‘The Old Scribbler’
by Bill Kinney
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July 31, 2013 11:49 PM | 1288 views | 3 3 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Kinney
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This is the “Old Scribbler’s” Swan Song. I want to touch several subjects and people who have been a part of that writing period.

The late Sam Welsch was one of those people. He served as an English teacher at Marietta High School before becoming a state representative of Cobb County.

Sam was running for mayor again a half century ago when everyone saw him tipping his hat and shaking hands in front of “Mosley’s Barn” as lawyer Bill Berk fondly anointed the “Downtown Building.” Afterward, Welsch would retreat to his upstairs office at “The Barn.” Welsch was a typical bachelor and normally stayed out of the spotlight and avoided public speeches.

There was a tiny, loud dog called “Truman” that lived in the grandstand in Glover Park in Marietta Square. So after our difficulty getting Sam to answer some routine city questions, it was decided to interview Truman the dog instead. After a few interviews Truman suddenly disappeared. We jokingly said Truman’s dognapping was done by Welsch. …

This Scribbler got into the newspaper business in 1938 while attending Marietta High School. My editor was Tom Arnold, a longtime former Hersch newspaper man who made me realize that I didn’t know anything about writing; he set out to train me. He was already retired from the Pensacola Times and was an older man who contributed much to my career. He was the type of newspaper man who never took off his hat. This writer learned about how to edit copy from him.

My first story at the newspaper was about two old residents at the Cobb Alms House who had fought it out with their canes during an argument over the merits of Gov. Eugene Talmadge. …

This Scribbler feels good and has never had heart attack or stroke, but has macular degeneration.

In signing off I would like to personally thank Editorial Page editor Joe Kirby, Carol Ann King for 20 years as my advertisement assistant and MDJ associate editor Jay Whorton, who were all a pleasure to work with.

Bill Kinney is Editor Emeritus of the Marietta Daily Journal.

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Dr. Teresa Plenge
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August 07, 2013
Bill, thank you so much for all the years and your dedication to Cobb. Thank you for being a person I call friend. You made Cobb a better place. I will miss you.
sad goodbye
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August 03, 2013
Bill Kinney has meant so much to this paper and this community over the years that it is hard to imagine how we will do without him. Would love to read a book he had written about his life here in Marietta and some of the many characters he has known. Not only that, he has lived here during a period of great change! (Bill, are you listening?)

A great man, a great journalist and now a sad goodbye.
Roger Hines
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August 01, 2013
Bill,

I don't believe I've missed reading a single one of your columns since I came to Cobb County in 1972. Thanks for the richness.
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