Newspapers: Home in the Country

During 15 years with the United Press International, Lowry Bowman reported his share of major news events—from the first manned U.S. rocket shots to the long, wearying travels of presidential campaigns. Later, as a $10,000-a-year rewrite man on the general-news desk of U.P.I.'s Washington bureau, he handled the nation's top political stories with speed and accuracy. A promotion was in the works; he was successful and progressing in his chosen profession.

Yet Lowry Bowman was seething with discontent. Rewriting other people's stories rewarded him with continual frustration; the repetitious 11 a.m.-to-7 p.m. routine bored him. Though he lived in a...