About The Dolphin Talk

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Posted by The Dolphin Talk on 10 Jan 11 - 2 Comments

In case you ever wondered how this little publication came about: In the fall of 1995, Margaret Jennings, a retired English teacher, and Charlotte Graham, a real estate agent, began to discuss how this community had no way, other than posting signs at Alvin’s and Shamrock, and by word of mouth, to spread the word about fundraisers, club activities, and other happenings. They agreed it would be a good idea for Port O‘Connor to have its own paper.

I just happened to overhear Margaret asking a business person if she would advertise in a local publication if we had one. I had lived in Port O’Connor about a year, had lots of free time on my hands, and my work experience was in print shops, newspapers and magazines. So, naturally, I interjected myself into the conversation, volunteering to be the proof-reader for the paper when, and if, one was started.

I didn’t hear any more about it until about February 1, 1996, when Margaret called and said if I was still interested in helping with a paper, I should come to Charlotte’s house that afternoon. In addition to Margaret, Charlotte, and me, a young lady named Debra Tomas was there. After some discussion, we decided we would give it a try. Margaret said I was to cover the churches, the Scouts, and fishing. And, we were going to have our first issue out in one week!

We received permission from the Chamber of Commerce to use their postal permit, got the issue together, and mailed out on time. We felt it was quite an accomplishment, even if it was only four pages. I remember a lady (Pat Stubbs) at church the next Sunday, telling me how she read and enjoyed every word, “even the commercials”.

Early on, Debra moved from the area. After several years as typesetter, plus handling the advertising, billing and some reporting, Charlotte also moved away. Margaret was always the editor and principal writer. She really knew what she was doing, and worked tirelessly even after becoming housebound due to poor health. She passed away in 2002.

Providing crucial help in various capacities over the years have been: Bill Tigrett, Ann Pesek, Shirley Gordon, Joane McDonough, Bob Hill, John Reneau, Chris Mapp, and JJ and Sam Ault, and more recently, Jasmine and Jackson Gordon.  I can’t thank you all enough. Also, thanks to those like Peter DeForest, Sue Kubecka, Bob Jamison, and our local pastors and fishing guides, who submit articles for our readers’ enjoyment; to club reporters and correspondents from other organizations who keep us informed. And a special thanks to everyone who gives us news to put in the paper,—birthdays, weddings, special occasions, fishing photos, etc. Your input is what makes this a community paper.

I am happy that we have been able to expand into Seadrift and now even cover some of the happenings in Port Lavaca and beyond. If you haven’t guessed, there are no “ranging reporters” like big city papers have. You, the reader, fill that position, so please keep your news coming our way. Comments and suggestions are welcome. And, remember, we need your news!

It has been more than a pleasure for me to be a part of this publication. I hope Dolphin Talk can continue to serve our community for years to come.

Joyce Rhyne, Editor

2 comments for “About The Dolphin Talk”

jay lack

like your web site

one thought

think about putting in the for rent or lease section the info that some people advertised in the paper.
like when we did our boat stalls for rent.



January 17th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

my father, Edumun O’Connor, was a crew member of the USS Dolphin, December 7, 1941. Is there a roster of that crew posted anywhere?

April 26th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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