Freeman was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and enlisted in the Navy at age 16, serving in the Pacific theater during World
War I. After attending the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Denver, he worked as a newspaper reporter in
Prescott, Arizona, for 12 years before joining the Mercury Herald in 1938. He was a copy editor for nearly three years before
putting himself forward for a local column. The New York Times in 1944 said of Freeman, "He gives interesting comments about
people and daily turns out columns of universal human interest." Freeman retired at age 75, and passed away in 1989 at the
age of 89.