Author: Ann Somers Fish
ISBN 978-1-63868-142-7 (softcover)
Ann Marie Somers was a quiet, shy teenager when she became a typist at her small hometown newspaper. She was soon working with the society editor, but her natural nose for news led to inquiries about the activities around the police department behind her office. She was off and running on her crime reporting career.
Following stints in Florida and Oklahoma, she returned home to work at the area's first black radio station just as sit-ins erupted throughout the South. After marriage and her children, Ann led a sedate life as a secretary until moving to Arizona, where she once again joined a newspaper.
She frequently visited the sets of many Western shows, popular at the time, filmed in Tucson. Through her natural curiosity, she met various famous personalities and characters. When she returned to North Carolina with her children, Ann continued her first love - crime reporting. Ignoring threats to her well-being, she often scooped the larger regional news media, becoming somewhat of a celebrity in the rural community. Ann also began promoting three NASCAR golf tournaments a year, attending races throughout the country and befriending top drivers.
With her natural "Nose for News," she had many experiences that sometimes were a threat to her safety but were always interesting, fun, and occasionally surprisingly unbelievable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Somers Fish was born at home in a rural North Carolina community. As a high school senior, she took a part-time typing job at a local daily newspaper. That eventually led to her becoming a news reporter at the age of 17. Her career took her to Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona, where she became involved in the film industry and was personally responsible for getting a mini-series and many commercials filmed in her area. Returning to North Carolina, she promoted three NASCAR golf tournaments a year, attending races throughout the country. Even after retiring more than 20 years ago, she continues writing a weekly column for the Greensboro News & Record. Today, Ann Fish lives quietly in Eden, North Carolina, but still maintains many of the nationwide contacts she developed over the years.
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