Of Bulletins and Booze: A Newsman's Story of Recovery

Bob Horton (Author)


Bob Horton began his journalism career as a reporter for the Lubbock AvalancheJournal. Innate skill and good fortune took him from a modest Texas farm upbringing to Washington, DC, where he was thrown into the high-pressure world of the wire service, first as a correspondent for the Associated Press, and later for Reuters news agency. The stress was intense, but he found the rush to be intoxicating. From his early days covering the Dallas murder trial of Jack Ruby, through three colorful decades as a newsman, Horton often found himself witnessing history in the making. He covered the Pentagon during the early days of the Vietnam War, was on board a Navy ship in the Mediterranean awaiting Israel's expected attack on Egypt, was witness to the Watergate burglary trial, and attended a Beverly Hills church service with thenPresident-elect Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. The success Horton enjoyed as a journalist mostly hid the dark side of his career: a gradual descent into alcoholism. Of Bulletins and Booze candidly recounts the unforgettable moments of Horton's career, as well as more than a few moments he would just as soon forget.

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Texas Tech University Press
Publish Date
March 15, 2017
6.3 X 0.9 X 9.2 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Bob Horton is a career educator with the Miami-Dade Public School District. He retired after 39-years. Horton first met Jilda Unruh, when, as part of her on-going investigations into school district corruption, she walked into his office with cameras rolling to confront, the then Principal of Miami Beach Adult Education Center, about illegal aliens receiving taxpayer-funded adult education classes. Horton was able to prove that he was in full compliance with board rules and state statues. But it was that encounter that started a long-lasting friendship. The mutual trust and respect for one another took on even greater meaning, when the two decided to collaborate on "In Cahoots" years later. Bob Horton graduated from St. Bonaventure University and started his teaching career in Miami when the beginning salary was $5,300. He taught English, Social Studies and Civics in an all-white, segregated, upper-class neighborhood. In 1969, the school district was under federal orders to desegregate the schools, and Horton was looking for a change. So he volunteered to transfer to one of the desegregated high schools to teach. After years of being in the classroom, Horton began his journey into the world of school district administration. He worked in a Region office handling the Federal Title I program. He then went to work at district headquarters in the office of dropout prevention and was the right-hand man to one of the district's Superintendents. This is when he began to experience, and witness first-hand, the inner politics of one of the country's largest school systems. It's during this time that he became intimately familiar with the "smoke and mirrors" culture that permeated the politics, people and policies of a school system infected with secrets and paranoia. "Jilda's doing her job and if you were doing yours, you wouldn't have to worry," Horton once told his fellow educators, who were hunkering down in fear of ending up on Unruh's radar. Bob ended his long career as Principal of Miami Beach Adult Education Center. Both he and Unruh have written "In Cahoots," a work of fiction, based on each of their experiences and knowledge of the people and places where Horton worked and that Unruh exposed.