Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One day as I was leaving the editorial room of The Post to go downtown Worth Gatewood asked me for a ride. He had come back to The Post at my invitation but he did not have a car. As we drove toward downtown, Worth asked me to swing by the railroad station. "I am going back to New York," he said. "Please tell Arthur Laro (the executive editor) that I am leaving." "Why me," I protested. "You are the one who talked me into coming back," he replied. Then he smiled and said, "and I am taking Carolyn Valenta with me." "You rascal," I said. Carolyn Valenta, who was from Shiner, Texas, had been working in the photography department of The Post for more than 10 years. She was the outstanding photog when it came to a news story. Well, Worth and Carolyn got married and became the parents of twin boys. Within a year Worth became features editor of the New York Daily News and Carolyn lined up a lot of assignments as a free lance photographer. Arthur was greatly upset.