As I pointed out before, a lot of people think open-records laws are mainly for journalists writing about government.
But my colleague, Joel Campbell, recently highlighted how one Utah woman used the federal Freedom of Information Act to fill in a chapter of family history.
Leslie Randle's grandparents had left their family in 1966 for a 19-week USO tour entertaining U.S. forces in Alaska and around the Pacific. Hugh Yancey and his wife, Elinor, would do "speed painting", quickly producing a landscape picture. Hugh Yancey had appeared at fairs and on television, once producing a picture faster than a Polariod print could develop.