Journalist. Born– September 22, 1919, Brighton, Ala. Parents– George Mason and Roxie Cordelia (Gurley) Atkinson. Married– Barbara Elaine Conway, May 28, 1943. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1948.  Served in U. S. Marine Corps, WWII, 1940-44.  Worked for the Birmingham Age Herald, 1948-1950; and the Birmingham Post Herald after 1950, when it was merged with the Birmingham Post; at various times reporter, editorial writer, columnist, sportswriter. Wrote a popular column, “People and Things,” on local life. (Book is a compilation of these columns.)  Honors– Received Purple Heart; Ernie Pyle Memorial Award, 1972; received awards for his writing from AP, UPI, and SDX. Died April 15, 1998.


Who’s Who in America, 1976.


Clettus; Volume I. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Post Herald, 1980.