I had a new column launch yesterday in the Chambersburg Public Opinion newspaper. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. It’s not my first newspaper column, but I found that I was quite excited to see it launch. I think it was because much of my bread-and-butter writing is about things I have little interest in. My Looking Back column, however, is about history, which is a subject I love. I enjoy digging up interesting stories from an area’s past and writing about them.
Looking Back is a column that uses primarily a newspaper’s own archives to find stories of the people, places and events that shaped the area. Some are slice-of-life stories. Others may be about unique people, funny situations, interesting events and unsolved crime. Essentially, it’s about whatever catches my attention as a go through the reels of microfilm.
I also write a Looking Back column for the Cumberland Times-News. It won an award from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association for a column about a 40 years unsolved murder. Another column was about a line-of-duty police officer death from 1905 that led to that officer’s name being placed on the National Officer’s Down Memorial.