The Pottses: still making headlines
The Broadside, Bob and Marjory Potts's weekly news leaflet, recently began its 10th year of continuous publication. The Pottses are news gatherers who've honed their skills over 50 years of print, radio, and television reporting in Europe and the U.S.
They've made films about President Richard Nixon's China trip and the ugliness of the 1971 Attica prison riot, covered down and dirty New York City politics and brushed against the country's most untidy messes, including Watergate and the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s.
The Broadside reflects the wide experience of its two publishers, who enjoy polar opposite personalities. If every relationship has its own dance, the Potts's dance is exotic, but redolent of well woven love. They will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary next week.
Ms. Potts is a rapid fire speaker with a firmly developed belief system. She believes in the justness of her and her husband's lifework. Mr. Potts is a taciturn, pithy man with experience on a wire service foreign desk in London, as a New York TV street reporter, and an original news anchor on public television. Mr. Potts delivers headlines. Ms. Potts provides the details.
While her own career is a study of success through personal reinvention, she is committed to making sure Mr. Potts's light is not hidden. She often finishes her husband's sentences, expanding what's unspoken. She answers questions asked of him - a practice they both seem to enjoy. Only occasionally does Mr. Potts remonstrate: "He asks the questions, I can answer them," he says, eliciting a heartfelt resolution from his wife not to intercede again.
Her resolve lasts only until the next question. He listens intently to her account of the details of his life, occasionally interjecting clarifications and corrections.
Ms. Potts is a delightful raconteur with an electric personality. Once the interviewer adjusts, their dual interview process becomes remarkably efficient.