Elton Casey

I used to work at this small weekly newspaper called The News of Orange County in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and one of my coworkers was this legendary sports editor named Elton Casey who banged his stories out on this ancient Remington typewriter. He once worked for the Durham Morning Herald and he was the kind of employee who got drunk every day during his lunch hour and then would come back to the office all fucked up if he showed up at all. In other words we all looked up to him. The guy would simply pull his article out when he finished writing and mark all of his errors with a pencil and sometimes even cut and paste paragraphs onto another piece of paper. Then he would hand me this torn, sloppy mess of an article and I would have to retype it into an old Apple computer from the ‘80s. Within a couple of months he had a stroke and died alone in his cheap apartment—I believe his landlady found him a day or two later. I didn’t know Elton that well at all but I attended the funeral and I think about him from time to time. I even have several of his articles that I peruse sometimes. Back then I made just $240 a week as a sports editor and features writer but had the time of my life working there for a couple of years. My point being that I wish I had that old Remington typewriter … it sat there and gathered dust in the office before someone hauled it away.


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