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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Fox Apologizes

In the last few days I have taken a second look at some of the posts I have made here since the first of the year. A couple posts in particular referencing the report on Rural America by the Carsey Inst and conversations that may develop from such analysis; these posts on second look have an ominous tone, come across as a little arrogant and chocked full of hubris.
Such a disposition defeats the purpose of conversation, sabotages the whole initiative out of the starting gate. It suggests all the answers are already known, and that is self defeating.
So whatever conversations may develop, I wish them well and hope they may yet help navigate some of the tensions in the state between the reformers, the outside the box thinkers and the status quo.
In addition my post on the Anniston Star article about Study Clubs may have been a little overwrought. The article speaks for itself and for the most part was full of approval.
My experience with some of the leaders of these groups has been gracious. They have been kind to me for the most part and I appreciate it. They make good soup and Pound cake, and that is no small thing, seriously.
I wish them well.
So for any unintended offense emanating from what some consider to be high posturing in my attempt to make a point, I apologize.

Hope things otherwise with you all are well.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

David Halberstam, a great man, passes

Here is a link to my musings at another site on Halberstam, remarkable fellow indeed. AT the site you will want to see what Johnny Pesky, 87 said about Halberstam

WEll shoot, here is what I said there.

foxJoined: 12 Aug 2004Posts: 3144Location: South Dekalb County Bama
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:47 pm Post subject: DAvid Halberstam dies at 73

He was a great man, like Lincoln, King, and Judge Frank Johnson. Any of you who don't know of him, should be ashamed. He was a colleague and friend of the great Marshall Frady, and an admirer of Will Campbell, who Halberstam salutes in his book "The Children" In his book, the Teammates he wrote about Leon Culberson of Rome Georgia and the 46 Cards/RedSox World Series. Leon almost married my Aunt Virginia. I had an exchange once with Halberstam online Chat at the Washington Post. He was on the way to interview YA Tittle for an upcoming book when he had the car crash.

Here is what John Lewis said, and a link to the Wash Post story. "I have often said that without the members of the media, the Civil Rights movement would have been a bird without wings, and David helped us fly so high. He was a dogged and determined journalist, but the people he wrote about trusted him. They trusted that he would get the story right, and they believed he would be fair." _ Rep. John Lewis, whose career as a student civil rights activist Halberstam wrote about in "The Children"

And Johnny Pesky said: "He was spellbinding. He was just an outstanding man." _ Boston Red Sox great Johnny Pesky, 87, whose 1940s playing days with Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr were chronicled by Halberstam in his 2003 book "The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship" STory at WPost _________________

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hope from Va. Tech; and a NY Times Review

Here is one vignette, a Christian testimony, from a listing of several from the Horror on Monday at Va. Tech.

Twenty-five-year-old Brian Bluhm was active in Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Virginia Tech as an undergrad, but wasn't around as much after entering graduate school. He attended Northstar Church, a tight-knit congregation with several members from the university community.

"Brian was a Christian, and first and foremost that's what he would want to be remembered as," a friend and former roommate told the Associated Press.

Nansemond River, Restoration Church and Grove Avenue are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. First Baptist Church in Narrows and Northstar Church belong to the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

Bluhm grew up in Iowa and in a suburb of Detroit. He moved away from Michigan when he was 7 and went to high school in Louisville, Ky., but was hooked for life as a Detroit Tigers fan. He contributed regularly to on-line message boards discussing the Tigers. He reportedly posted to one site in particular,, nearly 35,000 times over the past five years.

His favorite Tiger, center fielder Curtis Granderson, made Bluhm No. 1 friend on his blog.

"I never met Brian in person, but he was an important part of my life over the past several years," wrote a Tiger fan from Massachusetts. "The same sentiment is being expressed by hundreds of friends on the blogs and message boards which make up our community. Our thoughts are with his family today."

Bluhm considered Blacksburg his home, and he was an avid fan of Hokies sports. He had finished writing his thesis and had a job lined up in Baltimore.

Last week he found an apartment in Baltimore and got to see a game between the Orioles and his beloved Tigers at Camden Yards. That left Bluhm's chat-room friends with the happy thought that he was on hand for Craig Monroe's 12th-inning grand slam to give Detroit a 4-1 win.

Bob Allen is managing editor of
and here is a link to the rest

Fox: If my Dad were still alive, these testimonies would be the crux of his sermon this coming Sunday I have to believe, as they will be in several churches this Sunday.

And from last Sunday's NY Times this review by the brilliant James Wood. If the Lord tarries and life is tolerable, I may attempt to sit it on one of Wood's lectures when he visits Sewanee this summer, about 95 minutes north, toward Nashville.

I confess I am struggling to digest some of Wood's effects here, but I think I got the pigeon thing.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Jackie Robinson Day

Was yesterday, April 15. Of the three Collinsvillian's I polled, two were aware of the day and his number 42. One young revenant, a second baseman, chose 42 not only because it was JRob's but also was the number for another great whose name I cannot recall at the moment, a basketball player. I was impressed that this young fellow knew enough to honor folks of that stature.
Here is a quote from Jackie Robinson

Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade.

I think I was in the same place with Jackie, know for a fact Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of Baseball and the great Willie Mays were there with me for the 72 All Star Game in Atlanta with me and my Grandfather W.D "Willie Dan" Fox whose daughter Virginia was serious with Leon Culberson at one time. Leon has a distant cousin hitting the long ones now for the Calhoun, Ga. baseball team.
If you don't know about Leon, read DAvid Halberstam's book The Teammates.
Myles Smith, I learned last night was also at the game in 72. On several occasions he chauffeured Governor Jimmy Carter, later the President of the United States, from the Gov's mansion to the ATlanta Airport.
I asked President Carter a great question in Bham in 1993.
Yesterday was quite windy with a lot of talk about transformers the Movie, and the Hope of Transformation. Scanned an article about the Parahi of Brazil and the wrench they are throwing in linguistics.
I also had a DQ Buster Bar for 1.25 plus tax