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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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bama Gov Bentley's Gaffe a Distraction/Ginny Dent's book

See my comment in my friend John Pierce's blog. Cut and paste this url:

And follow the discussion in the faith and practice forum of

And Nixon Southern Strategist and Billy Graham Crusade chair Harry Dent's daughter has written a book about her father's religious pilgrimage.
You can read reviews and see online video and hear audio interviews at

Ginny's older sister Dolly was at Furman for two years while I was there; herself a beautiful young woman like her one time model sister, Ginny. Class year 72-73 right after Nixon landslide defeated McGovern, not long before Watergate hit stride, Dent spoke on campus, the yearbook calling Furman that year in Nixonland, Furman somewhere between Bob Jones and Woodstock.
I remember the packed room Q and A session follwing Dent's speech; and Dolly's humanity; her hurt on the strong questions her father was getting from students that day.
I have emailed Ginny that I voted for Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Obama; but looking forward to reading her book; framing my thinking in Marshall Frady's bio of Graham, and Steven Miller's work on Graham and Nixon.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

"Aunt Jemima is My Grandmother"

This first day of 2011 twice I have heard the segment with Michele Norris and Isabel Wilkerson on their experience as black women in America. It is remarkable.
I had read portions of Ms. Norris book and took notice she had roots in Birmingham, Alabama, a city with which I have come to have some familiarity during my last 20 years in Collinsville, where my Mother was baptized. I have written about it often on this blog.
Michelle is also a great fan of my friend Ron Rash, whose interview with me you see in left hand column of this blog.
Turns out Isabel Wilkerson has roots in Rome, Georgia where my Dad spent his formative years. So me and these accomplished black women have something to talk about.
Here is the link to Ms. Norris Aunt Jemima Story

And go to book TV to find the links for the conversation twice aired this first day of 2011.
Two fascinating tales Exquisitely told