Author Archives: Lucinda Franks

A Drawing Room Conversation You Won’t Find in “TIMELESS”

A Drawing Room Conversation You Won’t Find in “TIMELESS”

  BOB: What do you want for your birthday? LUCINDA: I don’t know BOB: Jewelry? LUCINDA: You’ve given me so much jewelry, sweetheart. BOB: A blouse? LUCINDA: I have enough of those. BOB: A computer thing? LUCINDA: TMT, honey, (too much technology!) BOB: You must want something…? LUCINDA: Just a card would be fine, sweetheart.Continue Reading

Censoring Free Speech in Journalism?

Censoring Free Speech in Journalism?

Have you noticed that debates on some conservative TV stations feature well-dressed, articulate politicos and weak, shapeless liberals? Do you notice that the volume is slightly lowered when the liberal speaks?  In turn, you can find just the opposite state of affairs on liberal channels. Censorship, if more subtle than in some other nations, isContinue Reading

Story of Diana – The Making of a Terrorist – Part 4 of 5

This post is the fourth in a five-part series, originally published by United Press International on September 18, 1970, for which Lucinda Franks and Thomas Powers received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. (Link to PARTS I, II, or III) The final nine months of Diana Oughton’s life were absorbed almost entirely by the disintegration of the Students forContinue Reading

The Changing Face of Terrorism

The Changing Face of Terrorism

Young women flocking to join ISIS, aware that they will be beaten and mistreated, bring to mind the seeds of terrorism planted by women and men during America’s futile war against Vietnam. Political terror was once born of idealism, now it has become bloodlust.  Back in the sixties and seventies, the violent branch of theContinue Reading

Eleanor and Elinor

Eleanor and Elinor

Eleanor Roosevelt and Elinor Morgenthau, wife of FDR’s Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., were fast friends and that was partly due to the similarity of their natures. They were women of their time and had iron fists inside velvet gloves. While with their famous husbands, they stepped back to let them take center stage, butContinue Reading

Story of Diana – The Making of a Terrorist – part 2 of 5

Story of Diana – The Making of a Terrorist – part 2 of 5

By Lucinda Franks and Thomas Powers (Originally Published September 16, 1970) By the time she had graduated from Bryn Mawr in June of 1963, Diana Oughton had traveled among the poor in the byways of Europe and worked closely with children in one of Philadelphia’s decaying ghettos, but she did not really begin to learnContinue Reading