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Sonny's story : a journalist's memoir

Author: Rollan Melton
Publisher: Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Oral History Program, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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In popular myth, anyone can make it to the top in America, no matter how humble his or her origins. That may be true, but few have faced greater challenges along the way than did Rollan Melton. Sonny, as he was called when he was young, was born into a dysfunctional family in Boise, Idaho, at the beginning of the Great Depression. A child of divorce, young Sonny drifted for years from home to home, from town to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rollan Melton; Rollan Melton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rollan Melton
ISBN: 156475376X 9781564753762
OCLC Number: 42719213
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by Rollan Melton.

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In popular myth, anyone can make it to the top in America, no matter how humble his or her origins. That may be true, but few have faced greater challenges along the way than did Rollan Melton. Sonny, as he was called when he was young, was born into a dysfunctional family in Boise, Idaho, at the beginning of the Great Depression. A child of divorce, young Sonny drifted for years from home to home, from town to town, living sometimes with his mother, sometimes with his father, and sometimes with relatives. When he dropped out of school in the ninth grade, a dim future seemed assured. In 1946 Sonny at last found himself in a stable situation, and his life began to change for the better. At Fallon High School, he was taken under wing by the schools football coach, who introduced him to the joys of athletic achievement, competitive sports, and teamwork. Sonny also found after-school employment as a printers devil with the Fallon Standard, a weekly newspaper. He received a Harolds Club scholarship to the University of Nevada, where he majored in journalism and played football. Following a stint in the army, he became a sportswriter for a Reno newspaper. At the age of thirty-two, he was named the editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal; at thirty-five, he was the papers publisher; and two years later he became the vice president of the Speidel newspaper group. He went on to become president of Speidel and a vice president and director of Gannett. In 1978, at the age of forty-seven, Melton resigned his vice presidency to return to Reno and to writing. His memoir is an unflinching examination that does not shrink from discussing the emotional pain and deprivation of his youth. It is also an American success story of almost mythic proportions.

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