And now for something completely different:
A Memoir of a Kind about my three years working with the legendary Jim Comstock on The West Virginia Hillbilly newspaper.
Paper back version on Amazon:
Jim Comstock was a one-of-a-kind newspaperman whose legendary career as editor of The West Virginia Hillbilly helped thousands of readers learn more about their home state’s culture and history—while enjoying a laugh or two. A modern-day Renaissance man, he not only birthed two nationally famous weekly newspapers, but also the 50-volume West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a Life of Christ and a history of the state told in newspaper front-page style, and numerous other books and resources. He helped save the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and the Cass Scenic Railroad. He was whip-smart, opinionated, a passionate proponent of personalized journalism, and a loyal son of his beloved state.
Now, Peter Wallace, author of a dozen books and the host and producer of the weekly national “Day1” radio program and podcast (online at Day1.org), shares some of his fondest memories of working with Comstock after graduating from Marshall University’s journalism school. His three years and three months in Jim’s employ included unforgettable and often hilarious experiences, some of which he is allowed to share in this book, in hopes that Jim Comstock’s legacy will never be forgotten.
Peter Marsden Wallace is a born and raised West Virginian—well, a “chickened out West Virginian,” Jim Comstock would have called him—who now lives in Atlanta, where he leads the “Day1” radio/podcast ministry, serves as an Episcopal priest, and writes books. He worked for Jim Comstock from 1976 to 1979.
Comstock & Me: My Brief But Unforgettable Career with The West Virginia Hillbilly
By Peter M. Wallace
Published May 2020. 200 pages. On Amazon.com: Paperback $8.99; Kindle e-book $3.99.