Wilma Mankiller’s journey into leadership in the Cherokee nation was not planned. She started as an advocate for rural development within her community, gradually rising through the ranks of Cherokee leadership.
In the 1980s she was the first woman elected to Principal Chief.
Her 1993 autobiography, Mankiller, gave her the opportunity to fill a void of knowledge about ANative American history and culture.
Her story, as she recountss in this interview, was not only one of personal resilience but also a testament to the strength of Native American communities.
So here now, from 1993, Wilman Mankiller.
Wilma Mankiller was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And in 2022 her likeness appeared on the quarter-dollar coin minted by the U.S. Treasury.
Mankiller died from pancreatic cancer in 2010. She was 64.
Derek Taylor was a working journalist when he met the Beatles, literally in the right place at the right time as the band was on the cusp of fame in England.
Manager Brian Epstein brought Taylor aboard as the Beatles’ press agent.
Taylor accompanied the boys as they rocketed to worldwide fame, looking on as they transcended music to become cultural icons.
Taylor’s story — as he recounted in his 1987 book called It Was Twenty Years Ago Today — reminds us that the Beatles were not just a band; they were a cultural phenomenon that continues to shape the world of music.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were married in 1946. Both came from close knit families in which caring for the elderly was a responsibility taken seriously.
Both of the Carters devoted themselves to volunteer activities after leaving the White House. And Rosalynn took up the cause of supporting America’s caregivers, Who devoted their lives to helping the sick or elderly.
In 1994 Mrs. Carter wrote a book called Helping Yourself Help Others. And with both her and her husband in their twilight years, her words in this interview seem particularly poignant.
So here now, from 1994, Rosalynn Carter.
Rosalynn Carter. Is 96 now. Jimmy Carter will be 99 in a couple of weeks.
When Edward Nixon was born in 1931, his older brother Richard was already 17. And Ed, along with middle son Don, looked up to their studious and serious big brother.
Ed Worked on his brothers campaigns, but never got further involved in politics, instead choosing what turned out to be a very successful career as a geologist.
After Richard Nixon’s death in 1994, his brothers Don and Ed felt an urgency to write the story they felt needed to be told about the family. But with Don Nixon in failing health himself, the task fell to Ed.
In 2009, he wrote a book called The Nixons: A Family Portrait.
Born in 1941, Maureen was the eldest child of Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. By her late teens, Maureen was becoming active in politics. She later played roles in her father’s presidential campaigns, and ran for Congress herself.
In 1989, just a few months after Ronald Reagan left office, Maureen wrote an admiring book called First Father, First Daughter. That’s when I met her.
So here now, from 1989, Maureen Reagan.
Maureen Reagan died of cancer in 2001. She was 60.
Sometimes if you’re an actor, it’s helpful to not have a specific look about you. Early In his career, a casting director told Hume Cronyn that he didn’t look like anything, but that may have helped him achieve the longevity many actors only dream of
The Canadian-born Cronyn had a decades-long career in the theater, movies, television and radio. Not to mention a 52-year marriage to actress Jessica Tandy
In 1991, the then-80-year-old Cronyn wrote his autobiography a book he called A Terrible Liar.
So here now from 1991. Hume Cronyn.
After 52 years of marriage, Jessica Tandy died in 1994. Two years later Hume Cronyn married Susan Cooper, his old friend who had persuaded him to write his autobiography. He died in 2003 just a month before his 92nd birthday.
Over the last three decades, millions of people around the world have enjoyed a series of novels about a fictional amateur bounty hunter from New Jersey named Stephanie Plum.
Stephanie is the creation of writer Janet Evanovich. In the 1980s, she was a stay-at-home mom, but when her kids were nearing the age at which they would be leaving for college, she decided to try something new — like, writing.
She started out as a romance writer, and achieved considerable success in that genre.
But after several years, she realized that what she liked best about writing was the action sequences in her books, and their humor.
So in 1994, Evanovich wrote her first mystery, a book called One For the Money . It introduced Stephanie Plum and her offbeat circle of friends and family.
It was an almost instant hit, and gave rise to a series that continues to this day. There are now 30 books in the Stephanie Plum series.
And this is where it all began. So here now, from 1994, my interview with the newly published Janet Evanovich.
Janet Evanovich celebrated her 80th birthady in April. Her most recent Stephanie Plum book, the 30th in the series, was published this year.