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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.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper is Dead

Stop all the Clocks

Hopper was a grand fellow and had stark contribution to American Film.

He played some Dark Roles that are imprinted in my consciousness, as Paris Trout and as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet.

Time Magazine said Paris Trout was one of the Top Ten Films of 1990. He created an archetype that rang true for darker aspects of a certain kind of small town Southern character of the mid 20th Century from the 40's through the 60's.

Christian Century applauded his work in Blue Velvet as did Al Gore's classmate at Vanderbilt, Roy Blount,from Decatur Georgia.
2002 or so I talked to Blount in Atlanta about Blount's charmed memory of a Christmas gift his children gave him, a scene with cutouts inserted from Blue Velvet; a family member dancin on the roof of the car to Orbison.
Was cosmic relief for Blount.

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/37301/Paris-Trout/trailers

"I'd Do the Same Thing Again."

Twenty two fifty, that's a real Number."

"I'm not responsible for the circumstances of her birth".

And the colored girl's Mother Said: "Don't Worry Child, Jesus will be here soon and cover us both with a blanket."

And From the NY Times Obit: "Everyone here that I've invited--and Obviously some I did not invite--have enriched my life tremendously."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/movies/30hopper.html

And the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-et-0530-hopper-appreciation-20100530,0,1590124,full.story

STuff of legends; iconic and now that gift for Darkness is gone.

Hopper is dead. The Corspe Bird waits for us all.

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