Editor: Dave Berry's 'Focal Point' column debuts

Published on Saturday, 26 October 2013 22:08 - Written by From Staff Reports

“Focal Point” is a new column by Dave Berry, editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Berry is a journalist, editor, photographer, amateur historian and storyteller. His column celebrates the stories in and around us.

Berry is a veteran, serving in Vietnam as a correspondent for the U.S. Army in 1971-72. His journalism career spans 45 years, taking him to newspapers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Texas.

While his experiences and fondness for military men and women might color his writing a bit, “Focal Point” is not meant to be a “war and warriors” column, Berry asserts.

“My intention,” he said, “is that the column will be a good mix of life experiences, personal insights, interesting people past and present and stories that take you a bit deeper than the average news feature. We’ll talk about my disdain for card games and salutes to Bob Hope and others who made a difference. We’ll revisit some adventures of my youth and talk with a teacher who started me on this path so long ago on the Kansas plains. We’ll talk about the New Year’s Eve rabbit hunt that went awry and an attempt to call in a coyote on a frigid winter night. And we’ll take a walk through the Navy Museum with a submariner, whose smile never betrayed his knowledge that a disease would soon take his life. Let’s just see where it takes us.”

Berry’s column will explore what’s going on around us ... unique people doing amazing things, stories lurking below the surface, a different take on everyday topics. “Everyone has a story,” Berry believes.

Watch for Berry’s Focal Point column every Sunday on the front of the East Texas section. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on our website or emailing him at dvberry@tylerpaper.com.

Thanks for reading.