Poodle Mistress


Who is Sandi Latimer

          My journalism career began in 1956 at the age of 13 when I took a job at our local newspaper as an area correspondent. It was the first step toward my then goal of being a baseball announcer. Ink started running through my veins and some 50 years later, I'm still writing for newspapers.

    I earned a broadcast journalism degree from Kent State University and have been employed every day since graduating from college in June 1965.

   I’ve worked in radio, for a wire service, in medical communications, for a legislative newsletter, on a metropolitan daily and now at a weekly newspaper. Twenty-two of my years were spent at United Press International in Columbus where among other assignments, I gathered high school football and basketball scores. I continued working on the high school scores on Friday nights for three years after I had another job. I also worked 11years as a sports clerk for the Columbus Dispatch.

     I was also the Volunteer Coordinator at Ohio's second-largest cemetery. Besides looking for volunteers and jobs for them, I edited the quarterly newsletter, and produced a calendar every year with photos from the photo contest.

    I love football, basketball and baseball. I also love to read, and count Richard Paul Evans, Nicholas Sparks and Pat Conroy as my favorite authors. My participatory sport is volkswalking and I have completed more than 1,000 events and nearly 12,000 kilometers.

 I belong to writing groups and am learning different forms of writing and publishing. Since I was Mistress to nine toy poodles for 27 years, that’s one story. And so is my 22 years at UPI and my 45-year friendship with my boss.

More stories are finding their way out of my fingers and onto the printed page. Stay tuned for more works from me.

     My husband and I were been married for 40. No kids from this union, unless you count the nine who were born with four legs and fur.



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