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Memorable Manitobans: James Hugh “Jim” Richardson (1894-1963)

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Jim Richardson
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Journalist.

Born at Windsor, Ontario on 23 November 1894, his family moved to Winnipeg around 1908 and he attended Kelvin High School. In 1912, after being expelled from school, he began a career in journalism as a reporter for the Winnipeg Telegram newspaper. The next year, he moved to California and became a reporter for the Los Angeles Evening Herald. He eventually rose to the position of city editor before moving to the Post Record (1935 to 1936) then the Los Angeles Examiner (1937 to 1957). His autobiography For The Life of Me: Memoirs of a City Editor was published in 1954. In April 1958, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt during a visit to Winnipeg to recount his journalistic reminiscences at the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Winnipeg Press Club. He died at Boulder City, Nevada on 30 September 1963. His papers are in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Archives.

Sources:

“‘You never get to live as other people do’”, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 1958, page 1.

Finding Aid for the James Hugh Richardson Papers, 1917-1962, UCLA Archives.

We thank Jim McCullough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2012

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