From “Artists Are Helping Restore Old Capitol” by Jerry DeLaughter, Jackson Daily News, March 13, 1960:
Giulano, a talkative Italian, takes tremendous pride in his pride-worthy work. He’s set up his studio (“Pliza don’t call him a shop. Itza stoojoh!”) behind the Old Capitol, and there goes through each delicate step to form the pieces to be used. … Another member of the team who deserves to be called an artist is N.L. McGee. This short, soft-spoken gentleman must take the things Giulano produces and see that they are properly painted….McGee takes a brush, sweeps it across his thinning hair a few times to build up static electricity, then lifts the gold leaf magnetically with the brush.
In the span of a few paragraphs Mr. DeLaughter has captured my heart. Not only does he pen the awesome line “takes tremendous pride in his pride-worthy work,” but he points out that Italians talk funny and that N.L. McGee is short and bald. In the accompanying photo, N.L. McGee appears to be a bit chubby, and you know Jerry DeLaughter was pissed he couldn’t work that in, too.
Bonus: in unrelated news, in the same folder I found a picture of someone named Loyal M. Bearss.