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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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bronwen Dickey and Lake Jocassee

On Monday I had several email exchanges with Deliverance James Dickey's daughter, Bronwen, about her fascinating piece in current Oxford American Magazine about the communites at the bottom of Lake Jocassee in Oconee County, Upstate South Carolina.
It is the same territory Ron Rash write about in his grand novel One Foot in Eden, now in 6th or 7th printing in French.
I told Bronwen about grand time my Dad and I had watching the Bill Moyers interview of her Dad in late 70's. I was still in Gaffney, South Carolina at the time. Dickey told great story about fellow in Ball Ground, Georgia who had problems gettin his suit to fit him for the Easter Sunday parade.
Great story. I couldn't remember the fellow's name, but Bronwen emailed me back:

"Oh yes, I remember the "Robert Hall" suit story quite well. It closely mimics the process of revising stories, actually! "

Wish Gaffney's Willmon Wright were still with us so I could tell him. I emailed Bronwen back Dad worked for a Mr. Deedaubalier in Rome Georgia in the 40's in a clothing store, so story resonated with him.

Great exchange and an honor. She has great piece at her site on Ralph McGill of the Atlanta Constitution, piece formerly published in Oxford American if you want to do some further reading.


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