Change in professions led to long career at The News-Sentinel

Susan Archibald Stone’s best memories of her 29 years at The News-Sentinel involve the people she met.

Stone, now 85, originally planned to be an English teacher. She discovered she didn’t enjoy teaching, however, and she was hired at The News-Sentinel initially to help with the newspaper’s coverage of women’s and society news. One of her duties was to report on women’s club meetings and speakers.

A favorite memory came from covering a women’s club meeting just after the 1968 Broadway debut of the musical “Hair,” which features some nudity.

Noted local actress Jayne Spillson was asked if she would ever take off her clothes on stage, said Stone, who retired from the newspaper 20 years ago. Spillson replied, “Of course not. What would I do for an encore?” a comment Stone said has stayed with her all these years.

She also remembers a co-worker, who covered the weddings of prominent people and their families, returning from one event and talking about how a woman wearing false eyelashes, which were popular at that time, had one fake eyelash fall into her drink.

Stone, whose roles at The News-Sentinel included serving as food editor, remembers taking part in a variety of experiences while working at the newspaper, such as attending food product conferences and riding on a volunteer fire department truck on a fire run. She also recalls great friendships with co-workers.

“The people were great to work with,” she said.