by Roy Hodge
I never reminisce about my earlier days at The Fulton Patriot without thinking about my good friend, Eleanor LaPointe. Eleanor came to work at The Patriot sometime in the 70s and from her first day forward I would venture to say that there was never a dull moment.
I was thinking about Eleanor when I wrote the following column Feb. 1, 1994:
“Eleanor LaPointe warmed the seat next to mine in The Patriot’s production department for many years. I spent many hours immersed in Eleanor’s good humor, trading barbs, sharing stories, and once in a while getting a little work done. Aside from working together for almost two decades, we became close friends, also sharing a devotion for Dixieland jazz and good times wherever they might happen.”
I continued by re-printing a column I wrote in 1979:
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
“Those words of wisdom are printed on a sign prominently displayed over Eleanor LaPointe’s work space at The Fulton Patriot. Eleanor saves herself a lot of time by pointing to that phrase frequently during the week.”
I could have easily added this to Eleanor’s sign:
“I know you think I know what you’re talking about, but I think you’re saying and I’m hearing two different things.”