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Against the odds - Alumni Profiles
June 2010 Issue
Robert Lamb. Photo by Bond Nickles In 1962, The Augusta Chronicle needed a reporter. Robert Lamb (BSEd ’61) impulsively responded. This accidental journalist would become a novelist, professor and publisher but famously pass on being a columnist. Born in Aiken and living for a stint in Clearwater, S.C., a mill village, Lamb grew up in Augusta. “In a large, extended family,” Lamb says, “I never saw but two books in their homes: the Bible and Erskine Caldwell’s God’s Little Acre or Tobacco Road. My mother urged me to attend the University of Georgia. When you have only a fifth grade education, you know—as few others do—how important education is.” “It was a wonderful experience, but small-town life has its limitations,” he says. Lamb joined The Atlanta Constitution in 1975. Writing features, he covered homicides and street crime and wrote a series, “Cops and Stress.” He left in 1982 after writing a freelance cover story for Atlanta Magazine on Brother Dave Gardner. …
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