Happy belated birthday to a quirky, cool role model
It seems fitting that Cinco de Mayo is the birthday of one of my more festive and feisty role models: Nellie Bly. She would’ve been 151 years old this month, and I want to wish her a happy belated.
Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane in 1864, Nellie Bly was her pen name. She was many things, but is probably best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg.
More important to me, she was a reporter’s reporter. She launched a new kind of investigative journalism after faking insanity to study a women’s mental institution from within. My kinda’ gal.
I often try to relate some of her experiences to my own — because she was just so darn quirky and cool. I admit, I want to be like Bly.