There have been lots of questions over the years about the little red Mustang. How could we have afforded it? Why didn’t we save it? It’s time for the full story of why we did what we did.
In the spring of 1966, I had started graduate school, was doing my student teaching and most importantly, I was job searching. We weren’t in the “poor house” but we certainly had limited funds. We were living on loans. Arranging for interviews given my full schedule was enough of a challenge but determining where I might want to teach was the key.
Anyone can write
Nearly 40 years in the business have taught me that readers are bombarded and overwhelmed with facts. What we long for, though, is meaning and a connection at a deeper and more universal level.
And that’s why the Gillette News Record will be running, from time to time, stories from students who are in my writing class, which I’ve been teaching for the past 10 years in Portland, Oregon.
I take great satisfaction in helping so-called non-writers find and write stories from their lives and experiences. They walk into my room believing they don’t have what it takes to be a writer. I remind them if they follow their hearts, they will discover they are storytellers.
As we all are at our core.
These stories have nothing to do with Gillette.
They do, however, have everything to do with life.
If you are interested in contacting me to tell me your story,
I’d like to hear from you.
Tom Hallman Jr.
Tom Hallman Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer for the Oregonian newspaper. He’s also a writing coach and has an affinity for Gillette