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    Thanks for posting that link. What a remarkable person!!!
    Long-distance aspirations with short-distance feet.... :jump

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    Indeed, a remarkable individual. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hardly an obituary.

    Grandma gatewood was quite a sensation in her time. All over newspapers , magazines and tv. She was never "overlooked", as NYT suggests.

    Highly recommend Grandma Gatewoods Walk by Ben Montgomery
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    Wow... she definitely rose above her challenges! Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    She was never "overlooked", as NYT suggests.
    From the linked story:

    Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times.
    It's an excellent project by the Times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJ aka Teej View Post
    From the linked story:



    It's an excellent project by the Times.
    If they want to run a story......fine. I wouldnt call it excellent.

    They are doing nothing but running second-hand information (all of it), available on internet, mostly from a book that was on their best-seller list 4 yrs ago. Ben Montgomery interviewed Grandma Gatewoods descendants and dug out her story details about private life. Not a plug for a source in the very short article either.

    Their reasoning , trying to make good because they didnt write obituary about her .....45 yrs ago......is a bit absurd. The world knew about her just fine without NYT. She was on radio, TV, magazines, and .....newspapers.

    Yeah, theres always a new generation that hasnt heard old information. But they dont need a self-absorbed media org like NYT for it either anymore luckily.

    In short, NYT is a business, the only 2 reasons they would print anything is 1) legally required to 2) they believe it will contribute to their bottom line. Dont fall for the "altruistic" spin.
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    Agreed!
    Put another way...”since 1851 we’ve had our head up our ass, and we still have our head up out ass...but we’re kinda hoping our readers won’t notice” bunch a turtleheads. Gatewood’s story stands on its own...and always will withstand the test of ‘the times’

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    Like many print publications (and I used to work for one), the Times is struggling with some major issues, among them how to engage the younger generation, and how to remain relevant in the age of info readily available at the click of a mouse. Historically, this newspaper covered mostly the achievements of men; women who made important contributions in the arts and sciences were largely passed over. Just because we White Blazers know about Grandma Gatewood, it's a pretty safe assumption that the larger world does not.

    I posted the link not to enlighten the already enlightened, but because I found it interesting that the paper deems her a worthy subject. I don't disagree with you about the motivation, MuddyWaters, but we can debate the merits and motivations of the various news media 'til the cows come home. And we will probablly conclude that the waters are indeed muddied.

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    I just started reading Ben Montgomery's book. I've heard about Grandma Gatewood since I became interested in and started hiking the Appalachian Trail. She seems to have been a very fascinating woman.

    I just asked around at my work, not a single person here has heard of Grandma Gatewood, and I work with people who range in age from 18 to 62.

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    So according to the article, she wasn't the first woman to thru-hike the AT, just the first to do it alone?? This is the first time I remember hearing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seatbelt View Post
    So according to the article, she wasn't the first woman to thru-hike the AT, just the first to do it alone?? This is the first time I remember hearing this.
    If you haven’t heard of her, check out Peace Pilgrim.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Pilgrim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasm the elf View Post
    If you haven’t heard of her, check out Peace Pilgrim.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Pilgrim
    Thank You...

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    Yes, thanks, Elf. Very interesting story, and I noticed a link at the end of it to Granny D, another walker for a cause, though not on the AT. Her cause was campaign finance reform. I heard her speak when she was in her 90s a couple of years after she completed her trek, and she was quite the character, charming, and determined.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Haddock

    https://web.archive.org/web/20071020...t-grannyd.html

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    https://www.nytimes.com/1971/05/09/a...es-of-the.html

    Good read. Shows how things have changed.

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