Beverly Stoddart has been writing and developing advertising
proposals on the creative and selling side of newspapers for clients for
over forty years. She has worked for great newspapers and is a friend of
journalists. She is the reader of newspapers both in print and online. The morning is not complete without them.
She and her husband own a personal training fitness facility where she did all the promotional writing for their flyers, website, and public relations pieces. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project, attending conferences and classes.
Stoddart is a member of her local Toastmasters group.
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! Her goal is to be the first person to ever be a winning contestant and a Not My Job guest player.
Stoddart has been married for 42 years to her husband, Michael, and has one son, Jay, and two rescue dogs, Amber and Buddy. Her book Stories from a Rolodex will be completed 2020.
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.