James F. Wolfe was born on November 14th, 1925. His interest and experience in journalism and writing go back to his boyhood, and continued during his college years at Warrensburg, Missouri. Subsequently he worked for the Kansas City Star, from 1944 to 1965. From 1955 to 1975, Mr. Wolfe also operated various Jackson County newspapers. Following this period he became more involved with covering state political news in Jefferson City, first for two suburban St. Louis newspapers, and then the Joplin Globe. At the time of the interview Mr. Wolfe continued to report for the Joplin Globe as well as issue his long running political newsletter. I met Mr. Wolfe at his newspaper office in the state capitol building in Jefferson City. The room displayed many accoutrements reflecting Mr. Wolfes trade, including fourteen file drawers, dozens if not hundreds of back issues of Keeping Up, the usual telephone and fax machine, and a full set of Blue Books. Among the many wall decorations was a framed copy of Mr. Wolfes obituary column remembering Senator Richard M. Webster, a 1944 ballot depicting votes cast in a Republican district during the Dewey-Roosevelt race, honorary colonel and honorary naval captain awards, and a needlepoint banner with words attributed to Bob Griffin, reading, . . . no sleaze is beneath Jim Wolfe, which Mr. Wolfe explains in the following transcript. Mr. Wolfe related his memories with a great deal of humor, and the interview atmosphere was quite congenial and relaxed.
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