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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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Buckshot Willett, Furman and Wimbledon 2009

Here is the URL that is the guts of this blog, a front page story in the Anniston Star Sunday about the Phenom Melanie Oudin and her Anniston, Alabama connections.

Here is what it says about Buckshot


Such memories will surely come up when Mentone's Hank Willett holds a family gathering in late July. His late father was a first cousin to Oudin's father.This tennis family's members are bound to volley tales of Anniston native Frank "Buckshot" Willett, a boys' indoor national champion in the 1930s and a member of the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.Buckshot Willett is one of Oudin's great-uncles.Hank Willett, considered a family historian, said Saturday that his tennis-fan brother in California has called to see whether Oudin will attend the gathering. It depends on her schedule.

I was dying to call Uncle Fremont who took advantage of the tennis and badminton public opportunities in Rome Georgia contemporaneous with Buckshot in Anniston not far away.
But Uncle Free left us in 2005; great fellow, encouraged what little gifts I had on the court.

I don't live far from Mentone. I may go up and talk some of this out with Hank.
I notified Bubba of the Rick and
bubba show this morning since he comes from the Anniston Area and some say brought the Davis Cup to Bham this year.

There is a connection to my alma mater, Furman, in all this. Native Annistonian, Dudley Reynolds most certainly comes from the same Country Club tennis tradition as Oudin's cousins and Great Grandfather.
Dudley was key to Furman and the legendary Paul Scarpa tennis program in the early 70's and one of my classmates; lived down the hall Freshman year. He and his Dad were Father Son Doubles Champs in Alabama for a long time runnig. Dudley had a roommate from South Georgia who was a character in his own right.
Dudley is now a trustee of Furman and Head of Alabama Power. Public records say Dudley did quite well last year; what you would expect from a Rhodes Scholar contender.

I never made it to Wimbledon--Barely made it out of Gaffney High Program though I did make semifinals in state tourney Jr year in 5th bracket-- even as a spectator. Gaffney High teammate Rahul Mehra has been. He and Bubba Aughtry made some net history.
Bubba's Dad Cowboy Aughtry woulda appreciate Buckshot. You can't make these names up.
Yesterday there was a front page online story in the NY Times about Oudin and her glory at the Big One this year. I left a comment at the Times story thanking them for the report, but saying the Anniston Star had the jewel of a report this year.
Buckshot Willett; one of the great sporting names of any category. It's a shame Lewis Grizzard, tennis fan, isn't still with us to nuance this one.
I knda feel like I was there this year, probably the closest I'll ever get thought I did see Chris Evert once in Columbus Georgia.
Here is to Oudin, hoping she ain't a flash in the pan; for the Glory of Anniston, Mentone, Buckshot, and all the fourth cousins once removed reflected glory and love of the game as a struggler.

Melanie in the June 29 NY Times

Friday, June 26, 2009

Take me To The Water

And here is that one from I was talking about if you click on the Title Below

Take me to the Water
by Stephen Fox ยป Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:36 pm

Blog above may be interesting comparison piece to the adverstisement about Baptists and 400 years of Baptism now up at first reading of this blog causes me to suspect the fellow may not be doing Luc Sante on Billy Sunday justice from the easily googled essay The Museum of God and Crime; then again it looks like Sante may have more to say in this latest effort than he did in the essay with which I am familiar.

Link I thought was at but turned out abpnews.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

State of Jones

It's a new book about Jones County, Mississippi, not the travails of my fellow Furman alum, Marc Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina.

Page 149 or 159 gets to the point in the book; though I do think the Pun may be intended when you read those pages.

Fascinating book as author Sally Jenkins broached Auburn QB Jason Campbell in her chat yesterday on NPR. I think it may have implications for Nick Saban and the candidacy of Artur Davis; then again I thought you could make political analogies about church cornerstones in Alabama, not Tehran.

But the summer heat is too strong, so why bring such things up.
Book is fascinating; at link above you can also click on the NPR Dianne Rehm show of yesterday.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rome launches out to make Tennis Statement

Rome, Ga my Dad's hometown on the verge of becoming a tennis mecca. As the article says would be the biggest facility in Southeast outside of Mobile, Alabama where Bubba Busey is in a team tournament this weekend.

I wish they woulda had this ready when I was playing there in rec tourneys in the mid 80's. Uncle Fremont deserved a facility like this as well in the 40's.

Rome had a big fight getting it's new Library about ten years ago; and you can see there are some detractors in the comment line of the article that made front page just yesterday.

At same time would be nice to know something this first class is just forty five minutes away.

Good location; maybe it will happen.

Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, Djokovic may take out Federer in the semis; and would be good if Andy Murray has another good run.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Collinsville Actress Debut???

That is if she made the edit, aspiring actress of the class of 02 or thereabout is reputedly in an early scene of Pelham 123.
She is sitting in rapid transit car as a fellow stands to exit, I hear.

Find her and line up for autographs.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sotomayor and Bama Sen Sessions grand Tribute to Frank Johnson

There is no way in which I could imagine Judge Frank Johnson voting against Ms. Sotomayor.

Likewise I could not Imagine UMC Bishop Willimon of Sessions beloved United Methodist Church, formerly of Duke, finding fault with Sotomayor were he a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

I think Cynthia Tucker of Alabama and Auburn and the Atlanta Constitution will be making a strong case that to the degree Sessions finds fault with Sotomayor he will be diminishing his tribute to Judge Frank Johnson and the advance of the United Methodist Church where it intersects national politics in the best of its witness and tradition.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Crossville native's book stellar review in Huntsville Times

Sunday May 31, Huntsville, Times had this sterling review of Don Gregory's book, Jungvolk.
Gregory is a fascinating character I have gotten to know at his Knife Stand at Trade Day in Collinsville.
He is a 1972 grad of Crossville High School with my first cousin Anne Jordan. Momma's brother James and Aunt Kay were teachers there at the time.
I'm hoping his alma mater will have Gregory back to have a program at his alma mater for this fascinating piece of History he has done justice. And maybe NACC will feature him this fall as well.
As you see in the links below Gregory is fascinated by the movie Valkyrie. He is exploring aspects of that film for his next book. Great teachable moment for HS students and lay history buffs as well.
Link to the HTimes Review

and the official website for the book had great article about Valkyrie in May 20 issue, Honor's Gasp

Monday, June 01, 2009

Nixon and Elvis

True story.
Elvis goes to see President Nixon in 1970
Conversation gets going and Nixon says to Elvis

Elvis, you dress strange.

Elvis replies, Mr. President you run your show and I'll run mine.

From the Bobbie Anne Mason Penguin bio, page 148