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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.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Collinsville Baptist, Founding Fathers and High School

In addition to hearing a marvelous presentation from the nephew of Lester Maddox this week have come across a couple other fascinating articles I want to memo to myself and maybe provoke some others to work on the pieces of the puzzle.
Maddox, you know, watched Bobby Kennedy, lead the funeral procession of MLKing in front of the Ga State House in 68, not long after he was sworn in as Governor. To hear a nephew work his way out of that family matrix while still maintaining an abiding love for his flesh and blood was an extraordinary event for me.
Especially so as growing up Randy Newman's song about Maddox, Rednecks, made an indelible impression.
I heard Newman at City Stages in Bham few years back and called out Rednecks as a request; a voice in the crowd. Newman heard me and sang every word about half mile from the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Collinsville Baptist in the 90's had a phenomenal group of promising young folks come through the doors. There are still lot of good promising kids there now though the character of the congregation has changed considerably.
Maybe it's not in the cards for them now, but wonder how the several kids of the 90's youth ministry would work their way through this challenge from a Baptist youth Minister just outside Atlanta

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14texbooks-t.html?em

Oops wrong link

Here the challenge for 90's Collinsville Youth Products:

http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/4825/9/

NY Times link above poses a question for a Baptist Deacon blogger now at Collinsville, a persistent detractor of President Obama, at odds with a lot of the products of the 90's.
Would love to have them engage the blogger, but that is doubtful, wistful given the allegiance to the "Harmony of the local church"; which in some burgs trumps all.

And finally my blogger friend in North Georgia has an exquisite take on High School I want to recommend here.
I agree with him overall, but would like to have substantive conversation with many folks there; cause every life has value, deserves to tell its own story.

http://georgiamountainsandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/02/ten-questions-from-rainlille-at-great.html

1 Comments:

Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

The NYT article is excellent.

It'd odd to think that this is how so many kids in Texas and beyond come to learn what they learn by a process which includes agenda-driven lay-folks determining what should and should not make it into textbooks and how what does make it into textbooks is phrased.

6:16 PM  

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