Reflecting on Raleigh native, founder of 'Mini Page,' who passed away at 91
Betty Debnam of Raleigh died this week at age 91. She was interviewed in 2013 for her work as founder and editor of the popular Mini Page since 1969. She was also an esteemed member of the NC Journalism Hall of Fame.
NOW YOU CAN LISTEN DIRECTLY FROM YOUR WATCH WITH WI-FI OR A CELLULAR CONNECTION. >>> SHE WAS A JOURNALIST FROM RALEIGH WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE, WHO SADLY DIED THIS WEEK. >>> TONIGHT, OUR TAR HEEL TRAVELER REMEMBERS BETTY, WHO HE INTERVIEWED IN 2019. HE HAS A STORY OF THE MANY PAGE SHE CREATED, WHICH GREW INTO A MAJOR PRESENCE. >> YES, IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. >> Reporter: A DREAM THAT STARTED SMALL. >> I DID IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS, ALL BY MYSELF. >> DEBBIE WAS A TEACHER WHO THOUGHT HER STUDENTS MIGHT LEARN BETTER IF SHE BOILED DOWN THE INFORMATION. >> AND SPREAD IT OUT ON A SIMPLE SHEET OF PAPER. >> Reporter: THE SCHOOL SAID NO. >> FOR ME, I DECIDED, I THINK I WILL TAKE THIS IDEA TO THE NEWS. >> Reporter: SO BEGAN THE MANY PAGE, FIRST ISSUE, AUGUST 31st, 1969. >> IS A SYNDICATED COLUMN FOR KIDS. >> Reporter: ALL ABOUT APPLES, BRIDGES, THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. >> I CREATED CHARACTERS. >> Reporter: HOLLY AND PAUL POLITELY. ALPHA BETTY AND ROOKIE COOKIE. BETTY LITTLE IDEAS SPREAD FROM ONE NEWSPAPER IN RALEIGH TO 500 PAPERS NATIONWIDE. >> INCLUDING THE WASHINGTON POST. >> Reporter: DIDN'T YOU FEEL LIKE THAT WAS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT? HAVING TO STARTED WITH MERELY AN IDEA? >> I MIGHT CRY. I MIGHT CRY. >> Reporter: NEXT THING YOU KNOW, SHE IS SITTING DOWN WITH NANCY REAGAN, WHO OFFERED BETTY AN INTERVIEW AND A GLASS OF WATER. >> I CAN SAY I'VE HAD A DRINK AT THE WHITE HOUSE. >> Reporter: SHE WROTE ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE MANY PAGE. >> THIS WAS SOCKS. >> Reporter: THE TIME SHE MET RESIDENT CLINTON'S CAT AND SNAPPED THIS PICTURE OF A WHITE HOUSE GUY. >> THEY WERE GETTING READY. >> Reporter: EDDIE'S GRANDMOTHER RAN A SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER IN NORTH CAROLINA. >> MY FATHER WAS ANOTHER INSPIRATION. >> Reporter: ANOTHER NEWS COMMENTATOR. BETTY DEBNAM, SHE IS IN NORTH CAROLINA JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME. >> SOMEONE SAID THAT NEWSPAPER WOULDN'T MAKE IT. >> Reporter: 44 YEARS LATER, THE MANY PAGE IS STILL PUBLISHED IN PAPERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> I'M INVOLVED WITH THE ARCHIVES. >> Reporter: STILL INVOLVED AT AGE 83, A JOURNALIST, TEACHER, AND ARTIST, ALPHA BETTY AND ROOKIE COOKIE WOULD BE PROUD. >> THIS WAS YOUR BABY. >> IT STILL IS. >> IT IS SO FASCINATING. BETTY DEBNAM DIED THIS WEEK AT THE AGE OF 91. SHE SERVED AS EDITOR OF THE