“In Thompson Library on the Ohio State campus, I saw the travel diary of Jesse Owens, for his 1936 trip to the Olympics in Germany. The card in the display case says, however, that it’s not a very exciting read. Owens wrote mundane entries about his cabin on the ocean liner, the food, etc., his room in the Olympic Village, and had discontinued writing in it by the time the Games started.”
He also told me about his lucky finds at a local flea market– or rather, free market:
I struck pay dirt at the Really, Really Free Market at the end of June. I was five notebooks richer when I left. I took five spiral-bound planners, advertising two Greek-letter organizations (Chi Omega sorority and Phi Delta Theta fraternity) and three colleges (Southern Methodist University, St. Bonaventure University, and Seattle Pacific University). I attended none of these, and belonged to neither organizations, but their notebooks are quite handsome. I will overlook the pre-printed dates in the planners as I use them to jot down ideas for future fiction and poetry projects, and will carry at least one in my “portable office” bag at all times–along with other necessities such as my diary, library books, address book, pens, and camera.
Thanks again to a great notebook reporter at large!