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Beverly Stoddart -Author, Writer, Speaker

2023 NH Press Association First Place Winner -  Arts & Entertainment
2020 Toastmaster of the Year - Winning Speakers Toastmasters Club

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Discussion Questions: Stories from the Rolodex is a guide for teachers, professors, homeschool parents, instructors of all types to help students learn about journalism and the techniques these unique individuals used to get to the truth of the history they were covering. The chapters will provide the instructor with questions about politics, historical events, racism, nature, war and peace, the work of being a journalist, and perseverance.

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Stories from the Rolodex: Important Figures of Journalism in Their Own Words. Featuring essays on several local voices from the golden age of journalism (George Regan, Regan Communications, Boston, is the first chapter and he is chairman and CEO of the 6th largest PR firms in the country. John Harrigan is a beloved NH writer known for his Water, Woods and Wildlife column. Joe McQuaid was publisher of the Union Leader for years. Both men give distinct ways of looking at life in NH. John Milne was a leader of NH media and worked politics for nearly half a century.), this book focuses on many news men and women holding up the fourth estate that never made the headlines.
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Order your copy today of Stories from the Rolodex. This is a fascinating look at major news events and how they were covered before cell phones and the internet.  

Edited by Dan Szczesny,

long-time journalist, author and speaker living in New Hampshire.

Book design by Kirsty Walker. Kirsty is president of Hobblebush Books and Hobblebush Design.

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Beverly Stoddart is an author, writer, and speaker. She has published her essays in NH’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader, and the Senior Beacon, and has a monthly column on and in the Windham Independent. Stoddart worked for newspapers for over 40 years, including at the Boston Herald and the Union Leader. Her new work is Stories from the Rolodex and tells how United Press International journalists worked in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.


She and her husband own Effective Fitness, a personal training fitness facility in Londonderry, NH. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and the Ohio Writers’ Association. Stoddart is a member of, Winning Speakers, the local chapter of Toastmasters International.


A prized accomplishment was winning Carl Kassel’s voice for her voice mail when she won the National Public Radio game, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She has been married for 44 years to her husband, Michael, and has one son and two rescue dogs. 

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Excerpt from Stories from the Rolodex

Before there were computers, the internet, cell phones, and social media, we had to do things the old fashioned way. We had to use typewriters with carbon paper if we wanted copies. We had to use a phone book or the yellow pages if we wanted to look up a phone number and then dial the phone. We had to write things down. And, if we wanted to keep track of our contacts, we used a Rolodex. Every office of United Press International had, at one time, a Rolodex full of the contacts that a busy wire service would need to reach a connection, a source.


The true stories in Stories from the Rolodex will take the reader into the world of the working journalist at a time when they used rotary dial phones, looked up phone numbers in telephone books and kept their contacts in a metal Rolodex that sat in an office where everyone could access names, home phone numbers, home addresses, and clues about habits in order to get the story. The Boston Bureau's Rolodex is the junction for the stories in Stories from the Rolodex. The journalists and their words reveal the history and provide anecdotes to major events that took place in the world.



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