By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times
Martha Thomas was only 18 years old when she started working for the Glasgow Daily Times, and she never would have guessed that 40 years later, she’d still be enjoying herself working for the paper.
Born and raised in Monroe and Barren counties, Martha graduated from Temple Hill High School in 1972 and took her first job working at Grant’s, a store in Glasgow. While working at Grant’s, Martha started attending Miss Morrison’s Business School, where she was able to take some basic business and typing classes in a school Morrison ran out of her home. The Daily Times often turned to Miss Morrison’s school when looking for a typesetter, and one day the school got a call and Martha went to the newspaper for an interview.
It turned out, the job was in the commercial printing department, not typesetting, Martha said. She didn’t know anything about the field, but she got the job anyway.
“The only advantage I had with that work apparently was that I was good with my hands,” Martha said.
Commercial printing in the early 1970s involved cutting out type, lining it up on a board and glueing it onto the pages. Martha had done a lot of sewing, she said, so the precise, hands-on work came fairly naturally to her.
“Apparently I had a knack for that sort of work,” Martha said.
The Daily Times, then owned by Carroll Knicely, did a variety of commercial printing for newspapers across the state, Martha said. When people came to Glasgow from Louisville or Elizabethtown to work with Martha on special publications, she said they often commented on how fast she was able to put together the pages.
Despite her natural talent at the newspaper, Martha had not put a lot of thought into starting a career at the Daily Times. She took the job mostly for its hours, which were more regular than at Grant’s, and the small raise it offered.
“I took this job basically because it was better hours and it was a just a little more money. Like, 20 cents on the $1.45 I was making at Grant’s,” Martha said.
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