Glasscock, former photo editor of the Royal Purple yearbook, and Thorpe, former editor-in-chief, began their journey as highly involved college students working towards the same goal – a profession in journalism. Their professional dreams made for two busy students, who were mostly interested and involved in Student Publications, Inc.
“Kelly and I met at Linda Puntney’s house during a Royal Purple staff get-together,” Thorpe said as she began the story of how his life became what is now. “It was a kick-off party for the new school year and I was a newbie. The way he tells it, I ‘caught his eye.’ I was a little shy and unsure about what to expect coming onto staff for the first time.”
Thorpe added, that she was the one who was in charge.
“Technically I was his boss. The following year I became the editor-in-chief and hired him as a photo editor,” Thorpe said. “Our relationship progressed so slowly at first I thought he wasn’t interested in me that way, but he finally kissed me for the first time in the pouring rain under a large tree in his backyard. Two years to the day later, he proposed under the same tree and captured the moment with his tripod camera.”
During their senior year, Thorpe and Glasscock led the staff to win the 2003 National Pacemaker Award, from the Associated Collegiate Press, and the Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Developing, creating and writing for their beloved Royal Purple allowed the couple to develop a deeper relationship. In 2004, Glasscock proposed to Thorpe just before they graduated in May.
Two college graduates, with careers they hoped would follow the same path as their relationship, were met with differing post-graduation plans. Glasscock accepted a call to work as a staff photographer at the Jackson Hole News & Guide in Jackson, Wyo. Their life together was developing into something they both had pictured.
“We got married in September,” Thorpe said. “After we got married I moved out there (Wyoming). I got a job in a local graphic design shop and did a variety of graphic design work.”
After sleepless nights in the yearbook room, internships with companies such as Time Magazine and dedication to making their dreams become a reality, Glasscock and Thorpe hold jobs that they say they are immensely grateful for.
Now living in Wichita, Thorpe works for GoWitchita, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.
“A lot of the skills I use are communication skills – designing ads or we have newspaper inserts, special publications, programs or different marketing pieces,” Thorpe said. “It is always good to have that eye for editing and to have those skills when I’m designing.”
Glasscock continues to live his dream as a photographer by freelancing for clients in Wichita, including The Wichita Eagle, Wichita State University, Associated Press, Powercat Illustrated and the Missouri Valley Conference, as well as advising and teaching photography, yearbook and newspaper at Derby (Kan.) High School.
“I had an interest in teaching when I was brought along to Journalism Education Association sessions in college,” Glasscock said. “I am grateful to be an adviser.”
Matt Stamey, Glasscock’s life long friend, said he is one of the hardest workers he has seen.
“He works until he get things right,” Stamey said. “I don’t know if perfectionist is the right word, but he is always lighthearted and fun to work with too.”
Lindsay Porter, friend and assistant editor of the Royal Purple when Thorpe was editor, said she has seen Thorpe transition to a loving and caring mother.
“There were a lot of things changing during Lindsey’s year as editor,” Porter said. “She was a strong leader and got everyone up to speed. She had a strong vision of what she wanted the publication to be like. But now, it’s a different worry. She’s not worried about the quality of the staff. She is now always searching for the best method to raise growing and changing girls. She puts herself last a lot of the times for the things she wants to do for her family.”
Now with two children, Lilly, 7, and Adelynn, 3, Kelly and Lindsey feel “blessed” with the life they currently have. A life they have always dreamed of having – a life that began in Kedzie Hall.
While speaking about their children, their excitement could not be contained.
“They are both just so expressive and different,” Thorpe said.
Lilly, their first grader, is described as a social butterfly and “full of life and energy,” while Adelynn is the Glasscock’s “little bug.”
“We’ve always been family oriented and it has been a priority for us,” Glasscock said. “I guess we feel blessed to have this family.”