Volume III, No. 2, Winter 1975


 Not many regions have winters as diverse as those in the Ozarks. Temperatures vary from below zero into the 70's (76° on Christmas Day, 1972), snows range from veritable blizzards to light flurries, and the season nearly always seems to be either too short or too long. 

Those of you who, like myself, enjoy the cold and snow should enjoy this issue's photo essay on winter ("Snow... Gray...Cold...," p. 22). Those who wish winter didn't even exist should turn to pages 28 and 33 ("Christmas Goose" and "Various Vittles") and begin preparing your Christmas dinner in the warmth of your own kitchen.

Two interviews in this issue, with Mary Moore ("We Got Along," p. 56) and Charlie Grace ("Change My Life? No, I Might DO Worse," p. 36), are receiving a special accolade. Next summer, in honor of the Bicentennial, Doubleday/ Anchor, Inc. will publish a boor comprised of interviews with older Americans and their opinions of our country. We submitted these articles and they were accepted by the editors, the staff of Foxfire magazine. We have become quite excited about the project and hope you will be also.

Speaking of books, Ozarks Country by Ernie Deane might interest you. Mr. Deane writes a column by the same name which is syndicated in many Ozarks newspapers, and the book is a composite of some of these columns. Bittersweet has been fortunate enough to be included in some of his columns, including one in the book. To purchase the book, send $2.50 to Ernie Deane, 910 Arlington Terrace, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

Terry and Mike spent a week last September in Sterling, Colorado. They were helping conduct a workshop for Sterling and Caliche high schools, that are planning to produce a magazine similar to Bittersweet. This is the second time Bittersweet staff members have assisted with workshops in Colorado. Stephen Hough and I went to Montrose last year to help Ptarmigan get started.

The Missouri State Council on the Arts has purchased another 330 subscriptions of Bittersweet for high school libraries. This is the third year the Council has ordered subscriptions, and their financial aid is really beneficial.

Bittersweet is a series of learning experiences. Though nearly all are good, we have just had a sad one, a lesson in mortality. However, it is far outweighed by the lessons Fred Manes taught us by sharing with us his work, wit, energy, and determination. Fred died September 30. (See Vol. II, No. 3, pp. 28-43.)



Good Morning Ms. Massey:

The program on your BITTERSWEET magazine to the members of the Greater Springfield Press Club last night was delightful. Frankly, in making plans to attend the meeting, I wasn't too enthused over the prospect of hearing the program. I can assure you I came away with a much, much different opinion. I thought you and Teresa made a fantastically interesting report on one of the finest high school programs I've heard about.

I would very much like to have a complete set of BITTERSWEET to put in our Archives file at our State Records Center. Also, we would like to enter a subscription. Please address the magazine to me. I want to read it before I turn it over to the Archives.

As a lifelong newspaperman, I want to commend you for the tremendous effort that you have made in attracting your students to the field of journalism. I can't think of a better and more interesting way to teach English.

With best wishes for your continued success,
I am cordially,
James C. Kirkpatrick,
Secretary of the State of Missouri


Bittersweet ,

I enjoyed the magazine very much. Charles Brittian and his mules are personal friends and we're glad you did the article on them. If I could make one suggestion. Why not put the town where the people live?

Pauline Case
Crocker, Missouri

Ed. Note: We don't mention the towns where our contacts live in order to help preserve their privacy. Foxfire learned long ago that this is the best practice.

To Bittersweet Editor Jenny Kelso:

Your page "This Speech of Ours" is very interesting to me. And one item (cheer) chair brought to my mind a rural school where I taught around 1918. One girl speaking of a chair said, "Move this cher." Another girl spoke up and said, "Miss Amanda, she called a cheer a chef." Thought you might get a chuckle out of it. I do enjoy your magazine since I lived through the era of many of your articles. The research and writing is really remarkable for young writers. Ail articles reflect the earlier days as I remember them while growing up in rural Missouri Ozarks.

Amanda Holt
Buffalo, Missouri

Dear Bittersweet,

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy BITTERSWEET. This is a wonderful magazine that anyone can enjoy and I am keeping my magazines as they are a record of how my grandparents lived in the early days before we had modern homes.

Keep up this nice history of our early days for the young people who are to come. I am sure many people appreciate this fine magazine.

Aileen Eisenmayer
Springfield, Mo.

Dear People,

Really, really enjoy your publication. I've bragged on it so much a friend of mine wants to subscribe. His check is enclosed.

A suggestion, is there any type of article you could do on legends and tales of the area, or one on "floatable" streams, (but also enlightening us as to the springs and "neat" things we could see on the river).Many people are behind you so keep on sharing the past with the present.

Marty Osredker
Springfield, Missouri

We had an article on tales (Big Windies, Vol. II, No. 2, pp. 4) and are always watching for more. We are also presently researching a story on river floating.

Dear Miss Kelso,

I have been most favorably impressed with the magazine BITTERSWEET. It is most interesting, readable and most appropriate. It enables those approaching adulthood to achieve a bird's eye view of the evolutionary development of the culture in which they are now participating. This is a most appropriate example of the direction in which more and more of the work or program of the secondary school should move. I trust the the movement of examples such as yours will continue to expand and develop.

Charles Lee .
Webster Groves, Mo


We would like to thank the following people for their donations:

Dorothy Nelson, Lebanon, Missouri David Baker, Montgomery City, Missouri Pauline Batchelder, Princess Anne, Md. John Tomich, Summit, Illinois

James E. Baldwin, Lebanon, Missouri R. P. Stringham, Lawrence, Kansas Francis Balcom, Anaheim, California Kenneth Sweet, Jackson, Michigan Jane Burton, Washington, D. C. James Hayes, Lebanon, Missouri Judith Daurney, Herkimer, New York

June Hicks, Rio Linda, California

'John P. Phillips, Salinas, California Dorothea Morey, San Jose, California George Bilbrey, Riverside, California Ray Cahill, Fowler, Colorado Mrs. Dorothy Bedinghouse


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