Volume II, No. 2, Winter 1974


Fall in the Ozarks has got to be the best time of the year. The trees are beautiful with orange and red leaves. It makes me feel proud that I'm a part of this heritage.

This is the second year and the second staff of publication. We now have twenty-two members, eleven of last year and ten new ones. Two students, Susan and Genetta, have moved. We were sorry to see them go for both added a lot to the staff. Genetta would do any job you wanted her to do, from typing to layouts to running errands. Susan was on the summer staff and we all got to like her very much. She would try to draw anything we asked her to. She even drew me so I could have it for this article. Since Susan was art editor, her assistant, Alexa, is now the art editor. We also have a new member on the staff, Caryn.

There are several stores in the community which help us out by selling our magazine in their store. Since this was beginning to be quite a job, delivering magazines and sending bills, we decided to have a new department called book sales. Verna is now the book sales editor.

George Kastler told us the story on "Cave Crawling" in the fifth issue needed a correction. Instead of gasoline lantern on page 42, it should have been "Coleman white gas lantern". George has been very helpful on all of our cave stories. No matter what time of the day or how the weather is he is always willing to take a group to a cave, or loan us some books to help us on writing our cave stories. The one in this issue is about the geological aspects of caves and there are more to come.

Mr. John Cox, last year's vocal music teacher who has moved to Kansas, came in the other day to renew his subscription with a whole jar full of pennies. He's been saving them ever since he paid for his first subscription--also with pennies. We accepted it gratefully, for even pennies will do for a subscription. We were very glad to see him. Mr. Cox has helped us with both of our soundsheets; in fact, if it hadn't been for him we might not have been able to have them. Several of our subscribers have told us they enjoyed the soundsheets very much.

The Missouri State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment on the Arts, has provided many libraries in Missouri with a subscription to BITTERSWEET. We hope that through the libraries people can read it who otherwise may not have the chance. It may also bring in a few extra subscriptions, which we are always glad to get.



Dear Mrs. Massey:

Thank you very much for the copies of BITTERSWEET. In these days of too much hyperbole and superlatives it's hazardous to believe in their sincerity. But I'll take that chance because BITTERSWEET is truly an amazingly excellent publication from anybody, and especially so from high school students.
Besides doing a service to the region and its people, in preserving records of a passing way of life, the students obviously have developed within themselves an appreciation of the people and their customs.
I'm sure that much credit also is due you as sponsor of the project, and I congratulate everyone connected with it on a highly interesting, truly excellent job. Best wishes for your continued success.

W. R. Nunn



I'd like to compliment you on the excellent job which you've done publishing your magazine BITTERSWEET. I'm sure many people have spent long hours preparing and researching for your magazine. In spite of the excellence of your work I find that the articles don't interest me to any great degree. It's slightly interesting to know how to make lye soap or molasse, but since these articles have no relevancy to me and they don't bring any fond memories to mind for me I'm not renewing my subscription. Keep up the good work anyway.

Lynn Sessa
Bronx, NY


Do you still have for sale any copies of your first issue? It's the only one I lack, and I'd like to have a complete set.
Congratulations on an excellent publication. The whole magazine is entertaining and educational, but the attached records have made a real bargain.

Jerry Grady
Cottageville, WV

Yes, we still have copies of all back issues at $2.00 each or a special price to subscribers for $1.50.


In HILL RECIPES, it would be nice if the yields and size of pans were told. I'd also like to see more poems, please. The ones you do have are very good.
Keep up the good work.

Mark T. Hill
Deadwood, SD

Yes, we agree. And we hope this time we have made it easier to read the recipes. Thank you for your suggestion.


I can think of no nicer gift to present a friend than a year subscription to BITTERSWEET.

Esther Griffin
Lebanon, MO

Gift subscriptions are available at $6.00 a year. We can also send a complete set of Volume I for Christmas gifts at $6.00 to subscribers and $6.50 for others.

We have received several letters from libraries whom MSCA have provided with subcriptions.

Dear Students:

We were very happy to receive our first issue of BITTERSWEET. You are to be commended for compiling such a beautiful and informative periodical pertaining to our heritage.
we anticipate our patrons exhibiting a great interest in each colorful issue. We believe BITTERSWEET will fill a need in helping create a new awareness among our citizens of the uniqueness of our particular culture.

Clarice Braschler
Current River Regional Doniphan, MO


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