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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 www.clsnet.org 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.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Elvis in Memphis; Prentice in Berlin

I had two messages on my machine this morning.
Prentice, 71, said he was flying to Berlin and gonna visit Wartburg via Charlotte, North Carolina. Was proud to report he was reading a biography of the SBC's General Boykin, but did not say how that was playing in his Sunday School class, or if his interpretations of Boykin were inflected by Charles Marsh and Charles Kimball; or the recent consortium at Yale.
The second call was from a current reader of Marsh who recently noticed in Graceland, the only other story on the front page of the Commerical Appeal the day Elvis died was about the 2nd greatest man ever to breathe the air of Alabama, Judge Frank Johnson; Johnson's appointment to head the FBI.
This was in 1977.

Prentice said my blog was a "monologue".
That is not true.
There is just no tellin how much influence I have here.
It is linked in Blairsville, Ga. and a kidney doctor across the Great Mississippi is a reputed weekly browser.
I have all kind of intermittent reports from Baptist Historians, to Sundance film participants; from Main Street in Collinsville, Alabama to Seattle Washington and beyond from folks who peruse my etchings.
Let the Redeemed Say So.

Amen

I hear a new book about Elvis is coming out this fall. I hope folks who try to understand the viscerality of the political calculus of the Southern White Poor and Struggling will take a close look.

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