Vol 81, No 10 (2020)


Cover Page

This month’s cover features a 1976 photograph of Plennie L. Wingo, age 81, who is seen walking backwards throughout the streets in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, watching his progress with a periscopic rear-view mirror. Wingo (1895–1993), a native of Abilene, Texas, was given the Guinness World Record title of “greatest extent of reverse pedestrianism” after walking backwards from Santa Monica, California, to Istanbul, Turkey, from April 1931 to October 1932.

This photograph comes from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper photograph morgue of negatives housed in the University of Texas-Arlington Libraries’ Special Collections Division. The collection is comprised of more than 4 million negatives, spanning from the early 20th century through 1991. Learn more at https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/collections/fort-worth-star-telegram-collection.