In 1969, fresh out of school, she heard about an opening at the local newspaper. With absolutely no experience or training, and armed with nothing but a love of newspapers, Dianne badgered the editors until they let her try her hand at journalism.
Starting in the paste-up room, she quickly mastered any task they gave her. "I must have had a talent for it, because I caught on real quick," she remembers.
Dianne got an offer for a full-time journalism job, but it would have meant leaving Spencer. So she went to work at O.J. Morrison's department store instead.
"In high school I got enthralled with the school newspaper," Bob remembers. He worked for Grantsville's weekly newspaper in high school in the late 1950s, went to Marietta, Ohio, to work in radio and came back to Spencer in the early 1960s to help start what is now radio station WVRC.
Bob soon discovered the job didn't pay enough to afford both a car and a sleeping room. He gave up the sleeping room and started sleeping in his car.
"I went to work at a funeral home because I'd starve to death doing newspapers and radio," he says.
The next few decades were spent at funeral homes in Spencer and Weston, then a stint running alcohol abuse programs in West Virginia and Ohio.
Bob's return to Calhoun County coincided with the creation of the Hur Herald and his election to the Calhoun County Commission. He is now in his third term.
Bob concedes that reporting on government while being part of the government can be a challenge.
"I suppose it can be a conflict of interest at times," he says. Having to file a Freedom of Information Act request against the county clerk was a little awkward, he admits.
Bob says the future of the Hur Herald is in doubt. Recent issues include increasingly passionate appeals for donations to help keep the online paper running.
"We run it on a shoestring," he says, adding that it costs about $20,000 a year to run the publication. "It's always a struggle."
Bob says easy access to the Internet has led people to expect information for free. "I think it's a dilemma that goes on everywhere in the USA," he says. Bob wonders if there will still be newspapers in a few years.
"As someone who loves newspapers, magazines and print publications, I'm really concerned about their future," he says.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.