Ad Spot

COLUMN: Paying homage to a great storyteller

Understanding what journalists do for a living is pretty simple, really.

We tell stories. We use our words to paint pictures of things that happen over here, so that others may come to understand somewhere else.

This is also why I’m a huge fan of musical theatre, where stories are told with vibrancy and vigor. It’s why I woke up broken hearted because of the death of acting extraordinaire Carol Channing.

Now, to those who are unfamiliar, Channing was revolutionary for her time. She owned the marquee role in the musical “Hello Dolly,” which other actresses have tried to emulate as best as they can. And not just any actresses mind you.

Stars like Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Martha Raye all put their hand in at playing a scheming matchmaker. Why? Because Channing made a legacy out of her role, cementing it as an all-time classic.

The Washington Post even called Channing the “the ninth wonder of the world,” to put her accomplishments in perspective.

I say all of this because there’s not much difference in what I aspire to do, and what Channing did on stage. Obviously, the biggest difference is most theatrical stories are fiction, and journalism is dealing with fact.

I want to tell a captivating story. I want to be able to tell stories based on fact, but telling in a way where it’s dripping in drama. People like Channing help writers like myself learn how to do so.

Actors and actresses nowadays are difficult to compare. But you can just as easily equate their impact by their roles left behind. Channing was part of a “Hello Dolly” original show that won 10 Tony Awards. Think “Return of the King” or “Hamilton” before their time.

Channing found a way to make a widowed, scheming matchmaker a beloved stage character. That’s an impact most writers can only dream of.

Besides, where do you think Channing learned some of her craft? Her father was a newspaper editor, after all.

Lafayette County

Communicare Sees Infusion of Federal Grants

Crime

Kinne’s attorney requests psychiatric evaluation in capital murder case

Business

Area venues hosting Ole Miss watch parties due to limited capacity at stadiums

Lifestyle

Weekend kicks off “FinsUp Fanfare” at Lafayette County Arena

Business

Board of Aldermen approve more outdoor dining licenses

Crime

Local law enforcement agencies speak out against Initiative 65

Business

McCormick’s set to open at the Ole Miss Inn this weekend

News

First Regional Library Connects the Lafayette Community

Elections

Absentee voting begins in Lafayette County amid COVID-19

News

City of Oxford renews contract with Mississippi Critterz

News

Mississippi Senate honors Oxford Eagle Scout with resolution

Business

EDF partners with TVA To Help Bring 100 Remote Jobs To Lafayette Residents

Business

Outdoor dining areas around Downtown Square approved

Lafayette County

Supervisors claim Confederate statue is property of Lafayette County

Crime

Oxford Police Department has responded to 11 overdose calls this year

News

Board of Aldermen relax some retail and restaurant COVID-19 restrictions

Events

Halloween will still happen in Oxford, but with COVID-19 guidelines

News

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s cardiovascular rehab program receives certification

News

NOTEBOOK: Moore ready to turn the page on Egg Bowl ending

Education

University of Mississippi named among Top 100 public universities

Education

Oxford and Lafayette County School Districts report low COVID-19 numbers

Education

Dr. Deborah Birx meets with University and Oxford officials on COVID-19 response

Business

Lamar Yard bringing Texas BBQ and good times to Oxford

News

Oxford High students host 4th annual tennis tournament for Memory Makers