George Woods said he must have inherited his enthusiasm for the daily paper from his father.
Born in Dayton in 1937, Woods said his father always seemed to have a stack of newspapers on his lap and a stack of magazines to the side.
Woods said he has subscribed to a daily newspaper since 1960 because he wants to stay informed. The paper also helps him keep his cool when one of his Ohio sports teams lose, he said.
“Now years ago, if the Reds lost I would go to bed and lay in bed awake thinking about it,” he said. “It would bother me. So I got to the point where I just read it in the paper. If they won, hey good! If they lost, another day another dollar. … It adds the blood pressure when you get involved with things you have no control over. I’ve trained myself.”
One of Woods favorite sections of the paper is the “Today in history” page. It takes him back to memories he didn’t even know he still remembered, Woods said.
“I tell people, I want to know what’s happening in Dayton, the nation and the world,” Woods said. “I want to be informed. There’s a lot of things I can’t do anything about but I want to know what’s going on. But there are some people that don’t read the paper, watch the news, (they say) ‘Oh it’s all bad news.’ (I say) It’s news! It’s letting me know what’s happening, what has happened. … To me, it’s interesting and informative. Bottom line, stay informed. As I said, I like knowledge, I like information.”
Woods also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. Before and after the service, Woods worked in many different departments at Miami Valley Hospital.
Today, when he’s not reading the paper, Woods is working on one of his many colorful, geometric works of art or enjoying time with his grandkids and family.
To finish the 120th year of the Dayton Daily News this month we are featuring stories of some of our lifelong subscribers. Read them all at DaytonDailyNews.com.