Boy Scout Diary For All Boys 1938 [and 1939]: Useful Information for Boys [journalist Richard B. Kirkpatrick]

New York: Boy Scouts of America, 1937. Paperback. 2 volumes: 256, 256 p.: illustrations; 13 cm. Paperback with red background and color illustration. Former owner's name written faintly on front cover of 1938 diary: Richard B. Kirkpatrick. At the time, Richard B. Kirkpatrick (1912-1987) was a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer covering City Hall. In addition to work, in the 1938 diary he notes learning to fly in the spring of that year; attending the Cleveland Air Races; and flying to Florida with a friend in Dec. In Miami they visited Minsky's Burlesque and he travelled alone to Key West, where he spent New Year's Eve. In the 1939 diary he notes watching the Orange Bowl game between Oklahoma and Tennessee (which he misnames the Rose Bowl), where he saw Fred Snite in the iron lung, and then his return to Ohio by train. In Feb. 1939 he (literally) bumped into Nelson Eddy at a dance. In April he went to Washington, D.C., to attend a journalism conference; while there he met White House Press Secretary Stephen Early, superindendant of the White House press gallery Bill Donaldson, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After his return to Cincinnati on April 22, Kirkpatrick did not continue using the diary, perhaps indicating that his journalism career began to gain steam at that time. He later married Carolyn Ann Hawkins (1920-1960); by the 1950s, he represented the Cincinnati Enquirer in Columbus, Ohio, and after that became Washington Bureau Chief for the newspaper. In Very Good Condition: corners rubbed; covers are lightly soiled; entries in ink on more than half the dates in the 1938 diary and fewer in the 1939 diary. Very Good. Item #004765

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