I just started thumbing through The Park Cities: A Walker’s Guide & Brief History, which was published 25 years ago by SMU Press. In their foreword, authors Diane Galloway and Kathy Matthews offer “special thanks to Marjorie Waters of the Park Cities News for her interest in the book.” So I flipped to the index to see if Park Cities People was mentioned, and it was, once, in the “Did You Know” section:
Did you know that the Park Cities News was founded in January, 1938? Early Park Cities residents could hardly wait to read their small-town weekly from cover to cover, starting with the Police Reports. Sometimes free, sometimes under a different title, the News has developed into a prize-winning paper under its current owner, Marjorie Waters. January, 1988, marked its fiftieth anniversary.
Did you know that another local newspaper, Park Cities People, was founded in 1981 on the theory that the Park Cities didn’t want a newspaper, they wanted a fan magazine starring themselves?
Whoa. That sounds a like a shot. And for some reason it made me flinch, even though I was in the eighth grade when it was published.