Behind the type: Cochran continues newspaper work 60 years later
by Matt Shinall
Oct 21, 2012 | 2582 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sixty years ago, in 1952, The African Queen hit theaters, Elizabeth II took the throne as Queen of England and 17-year-old Elizabeth Cochran began working with The Daily Tribune News just two weeks out of high school.

Hired by Milton Fleetwood to work the teletypesetter, Cochran’s only absence from The Daily Tribune News was a span of three years after being married to the late Jackie Cochran. Returning to work at the newspaper in 1958, Cochran has continuously served her employer and her community ever since.

Despite the challenges of life, including the loss of her husband and oldest son, Cochran has continued to touch the lives of countless people in the Cartersville/Bartow County community.

Today, she serves as the Family Living Editor compiling, editing and building the Family & Living section of The Daily Tribune News.

Name: Elizabeth Cochran

Title: Family Living Editor

City of residence: Cartersville

Education: Graduate of Cass High School class of 1952

Family: Son, Gary, his wife Renee; grandson, Hunter; two sisters, Louise Boyd and Gussie Ford

Age: 77

How did you first come to work at the newspaper and what brought you back after moving back home?

A. Looking for a job.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job and your role in the community?

A. Seeing and meeting the people.

Why have you chosen to continue working instead of retire?

A. I love my job and I don’t feel like I am one to stay home.

What have been the biggest changes you have seen?

A. All the modern technology. I have seen the newspaper go from hot type, typewriters and a staff where the office staff did everything to what we see today — everyone having their own job to do — computers, fancy presses, buildings and morning newspapers.

During the hot-type days, there would be press breakdowns which kept the workers busy all night and young paper carriers would either walk their routes or rode bicycles.

What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?

A. My family.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. My mother always told me not to be afraid of any job because I was looking when I found one and I could find another. My parents taught us to be honest and to always do our best and give at least 100 percent.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

A. That I like to be in control, but try hard to be neutral.

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A. My home.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A. Blessed, dependable, independent.

If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A. Secretarial/medical receptionist.