Although retired, Sidna continues to be active on a state and local level. She serves on the state board for CAI-NJ (Community Association Institute-New Jersey), a Middlesex County GOP committeewoman, on the Rossmoor Board of Governors, president of the Rossmoor Kiwanis Club, president of the Rossmoor Republican Club and Community Church secretary. Her sport is serious croquet in which she has participated in tournaments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida.
Sidna Brower Mitchell, a Memphis native, was graduated from Ole Miss in 1963 when she was named to the Hall of Fame. As editor of the Daily Mississippian when James Meredith integrated the university, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her editorials and received a number of other honors and job offers. She [...]
Years ago, when I was in Kentucky for my cousin Neal’s wedding — he is now a football coach at Texas Tech — his father took me on a tour of the area. One of the first sights was the Elmwood Inn in the tiny town of Perryville. In my travels throughout the Blue Grass [...]
With all the news about Hostess Brands possibly going out of business and there being no more Twinkies, I was reminded of a column I wrote back in 1995. It all started with talk of all the different Jell-O molds (such as a C herry Coke) Southerners were fond of making. One reader commented, “How [...]
A week after Hurricane Irene hit the eastern coast of the U.S., we drove back to New Jersey from a family reunion in Mississippi. Our seeing caravans of utility trucks from Illinois and Texas was encouraging. We whispered a word of thanks and appreciation for other states helping their northern neighbors, and gave the drivers [...]
When my friend (or “my fella’ ” as Ed Meek would say) Ken Northrop and I were in Oxford for the 100th anniversary of The Daily Mississippian last summer, I was able to reconnect with old friends and meet some former editors of the Ole Miss student newspaper. We exchange cards and addresses and somehow food always
Two 50th anniversaries this year really hit home for me. “I love Mississippi.” Those words and others from then Governor Ross Barnett at an Ole Miss football game in Jackson, MS, on Saturday, September 29, 1962, the day before James Meredith integrated the University were said to spark the riots on the night of Sunday, [...]