Legend has is that when Mike Ives was fired from The Roanoke Times in the late 1970s — for “living with a woman who wasn’t my wife, et cetera” — nearly all of his clips disappeared from the newspaper’s morgue.
That was because Ives himself stole them, he told the author of the story linked above.
Sadly, they were in the care of a friend who died, and Ives never was able to retrieve them. All that’s left is his book: “Give Me a Break. Buy This Book,” which we delved into a couple of weeks ago.
Happily, since then, two more of Ives’ columns have emerged, including his very last one for this newspaper. The one on the left is not it (I’ll present that one Monday).
They were sent to me by the regular denizen of this blog who goes by the handle Debbie.
As Debbie noted with this column, it reads as if it could have been written today.
On behalf of all Ives fans, thanks, Debbie.
Please help yourself to a couple of volumes from Dan’s Bookshelf.
And Ives fans — if you’ve got any more, send them to me. I’ll return them, and you’ll get a book for your trouble!