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- Oral History Collections
- Ed Perzel WSOC Project on Twentieth Century Charlotte
- Emery Wister oral history interview 1, 1979 May 23
Emery Wister oral history interview 1, 1979 May 23
Emery Wister, a journalist and editor at the Charlotte News, recounts his life and experiences in Charlotte, North Carolina. He describes growing up on the edge of the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte and discusses local race relations and the role of urban renewal in displacing members of the community. Mr. Wister discusses his long career in the news industry, focusing on his work as an entertainment reporter and as a business reporter. As an entertainment reporter and film critic, he covered the film industry, and he describes how changes made in Hollywood affected local movie venues. Mr. Wister recounts some of the important business stories he broke, including the mergers that created the North Carolina National Bank, the development of Lake Norman, and the growth of the airline industry in Charlotte. He also discusses the newspaper's associate editor, Wilbur J. Cash, whose developing war coverage from Europe predicted many World War II events before they occurred. Mr. Wister concludes by describing the rivalry between the Charlotte News and the Charlotte Observer, and by explaining how both newspapers' political leanings changed over time.