Fred Eno launched the original “Boomerang” on November 24th 1917 (Thanksgiving Day that year) and published it weekly (pretty much) until 1926. With its first issue it was called “The Eno Weakly Boomerang: A Little Newspaper for Our Own Family.” In the second issue Fred reports, “All of the readers of the Boomerang are so strong for it that we have eliminated the third word in the previous heading.” Thereafter it was called “The Eno Boomerang” — with the same subtitle (“A Little Newspaper for Our Own Family”).
Fred Eno was Beth Eno’s father (i.e. Dick’s mother and the Rust kids’ grandmother). Fred and Mary (Miranda) Eno lived most of their adult lives in Des Moines, Iowa (where Dick was born). Dick recalls, “Fred was a printer, an after-dinner speaker, and raconteur. I remember him as a small man with a full mustache, soft spoken, reserved (as the father of five daughters might be at home), with a very subtle wit.” The latter is quite discernible in “The Eno Boomerang.”
In addition to showing off Fred’s wit, the original Boomerang was a journal of everyday stories (see the expanding archive of it here at the “Fred Eno’s Boomerang” tab!!), which is what I hope this new Boomerang will be as well: a log of stories and sightings (recollections, opinions, facts, family history and lore, musings, recipes, directions, you name it!) from the sublime to the ordinary to the ridiculous. Fred surely got help from Mary and those five daughters in putting together “The Eno Boomerang,” but he was still the author in chief; for this Boomerang, we can all be authors!
Header photograph: Iceberg point Lopez Island, July 3, 2016.