Recognize that photo and the column’s name?
For nine years, from 1994 to 2003, that “younger version of me” wrote Over My Shoulder, a weekly column of commentary and local history for The Post-Star, the Glens Falls, NY, daily newspaper serving Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties.
Increasingly, many of you, my former readers—from Ticonderoga to Saratoga Springs, west into the Adirondacks and east into Vermont—have told me how much you enjoyed my columns (thank you!) and more than a few have been asking for copies of them.
So, with that in mind, my daughter Julia and I are selecting a good number of Over My Shoulder columns to create a book of them. Julia is serving as my Editor and we plan to have it out by mid-autumn of this year. The tentative title is, Over My Shoulder: The Post-Star Columns 1994-2003.
BUT, WAIT! We need your help! There are more than 400 Over My Shoulder columns! My Editor and I discussed grouping the columns by topic. I asked her to winnow out the columns that were dated and/or boring, so we could see how many remained and then we could start grouping them.
Well, dear Editor had a brilliant suggestion: ask my readers! And so, I am. Could you help us decide on topics to print? Do you have a particular column or series of columns that you liked and want to see reprinted?
My editors at The Post-Star had allowed me a wide latitude in my writing the Over My Shoulder columns. So, the topics were broad-ranging and never-ending. I think I wrote about everything: the Revolutionary War; my own personal memories from my family’s times living in Saratoga Springs, Fort Edward, Ticonderoga and Glens Falls. (And no, I have not lived since the Revolutionary War.) I wrote on histories of our towns and cities ; tourism; sports; famous, not-so-famous, and not-at-all-famous people; holiday memories; and more.
Often your suggestions inspired what I wrote. So, would you write again to let us know what topics you like? Or do you wish to see a particular Over My Shoulder column reprinted? Please leave a comment and we’ll try to fulfill your wish. As mentioned above, Over My Shoulder: The Post-Star Columns 1994-2003 is scheduled to be out in early to mid-autumn.
Please leave a comment, if only to let us know you’d like to get a copy. My Editor and I looking forward to hearing from you! And, thank you!
Over My Shoulder: The Post-Star Columns 1994-2003, copyright © 2018 by Joseph A. Cutshall-King; all rights reserved.