While it’s still early in the year, I thought I would do some remembering. Looking forward to a new year has caused me to look back over my life and take some inventory. So Diary, in case the other pages are ever lost, here goes.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I majored in Public Relations and minored in Business. Having a PR major from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, I was required to take classes in multiple journalism disciplines, including newswriting. Every worthy news story needs to answer the 5 W’s and 1 H: who, what, where, when, why, and how. Some journalists are able to answer all these questions in the lead paragraph and then expound on them throughout the news story.
On this holiday weekend, many will recall a document ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The writing of this Declaration of Independence began the previous month, after the thirteen colonies had been at war with Great Britain for more than a year. The primary author was Thomas Jefferson, and it was signed by 56 people; the three Georgians were Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton. When I was a kid, I remember someone asking, “Do they have Fourth of July in England?” The answer, “Of course, they do; there is a fourth of July in every country.” Tomorrow, we don’t celebrate the Fourth of July; instead we celebrate Independence Day when many will recall the earlier days of our nation’s history and recall how and what God has done for our country.