Magazine Articles

Individual articles from past issues

DONNA AND JERRY DUNN

People often wonder what happens when only children marry one another. Does it work? Can two only children who are used to having their own space and most of the attention at home compromise with one another? Donna and Jerry Dunn are two only children who have been married for 24 years and still going(…)

THE MORRIS FAMILY

Brittani Morris and her parents are representative of many only child families. They are intensely loyal, close, and loving. In order to save money and pay off college loans after graduation, Brittani moved back in with with her parents. The family talks about their relationship and the fulfillment they have realized as an only child(…)

JOHN JOHNSON NEWS ANCHOR

John Johnson was one of the first African-American news anchors on television. He has traveled all over the world covering wars, presidential elections, prison riots, and the OJ Simpson trial. An only child who grew up in the slums of New York and Washington, DC., he is sure that his family would never have made(…)

JIMMY DUFFY A COLLEGE STUDENT SPEAKS OUT

Week after week we receive letters, e-mails, and phone calls from anxious parents who think that their only child will grow up damaged because there are no siblings in the picture. We thought it was about time to hear from only children themselves. Jimmy Duffy, an 18 year old student at Berkeley, has had his(…)

SHIRLEY JONES OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS/SINGER

Shirley Jones began singing in her church choir soon after she began to walk. By the time she was 19 she was the star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s film version of Oklahoma. She was an only child who had never met another only child until she left Smithton, PA for the world of show business.(…)

POET AND PROFESSOR ROBERT FAGLES

INTERVIEW WITH POET AND PROFESSOR ROBERT FAGLES: Mr. Fagles’ translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were published to worldwide acclaim. Mr. Fagles was an only child who lost his father at an early age and was raised by an extraordinary mother. It was Mr. Fagles’ close bond with her that inspired him to begin translating Homer.(…)

MALLORY TARCHER PRODUCER/ WRITER/ SPORTSWOMAN

>Mallory is the only child of the late entertainer, puppeteer Shari Lewis, and publisher Jeremy Tarcher. Steeped in the entertainment business since she was born, Mallory began sitting in on story meetings for her mother’s show when she was only seven. She produced Shari’s latest show on PBS, The Charlie Horse Music Pizza. Mallory talks(…)

CHRISTINE LAKIN

A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Christine is an only child who has grown up in an unusual environment. For seven years, Christine has played opposite Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy in the role of Alicia (Al) on the CBS sitcom, Step by Step. She talks openly about how being an only child has(…)

FRANCESS LANTZ

Francess Lantz is an only child and the parent of an only child. She is also the author of eighteen books for young readers. Her latest work, “Someone to Love,” is published by Avon Books. It’s a poignant story about Sara, a fifteen-year-old only child, whose parents suddenly decide to adopt a baby. Dr. John(…)

NORA MALONE

Nora Malone is the Head of Village School in Pacific Palisades, California. She ended a difficult twenty year marriage and began rebuilding her life. She has two sons, Timothy and Patrick. On the surface Nora is one of those only children who seemed to have every advantage. The reality, however, is that Nora’s father was(…)