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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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clarence Darrow, Bishop Willimon and KT Windham

My Conscience does not reproach me. Clarence Darrow's response to allegations he attempted to buy off the jury in the McNamara case at the turn of the Century.
I read the story first in the May 23 New Yorker article by Jill Lepore--incidentally same issue as great short story by my friend Ron Rash, The Trusty. Today I got on air nationally with a comment on NPR Diane Rehm show interviewing the author of new bio on Darrow by Farrell. My comment is in about the 25th minute if you want to google and listen.
I spoke of the similarity of Darrow's Father to the father of Hugo Black. Black's father was voted out of his Baptist church in Clay County, Alabama; obviously having an independent streak like the father of Darrow, an Abolitionist as Farrell reveals him in this new bio.
Also made brief comment about Rachel Held Evans of Dayton, Tn and her book Evolving in Monkeytown and the New Yorker story.

Catch all blog here with couple other items briefly noted.
Proud of UMC Bishop and Duke Chaplain Will Willimon for his grand statement on Alabama's Immigration Law. The SBC meeting in Phoenix last couple days had an interesting discussion as well.

And finally Two great folks in the Furman community died in the last few days. Former Presidnet Plyler's Wife, Bea; and Holocaust Survivor and great friend of several Furman presidents of the last 50 years, former Greenville Mayor Max Heller.
Great fellow who held no grudges, though Lee Atwater caught him in his sights in 78 US Congressional Race when Heller was backed by Furman President Blackwell.

Here in Alabama Kathryn Tucker Windham. Several great stories about her in NY Times and Anniston Star's Hardy Jackson.
Some of good friends were big fans, one who knew her well and was known to her.
I heard her talk once on a Sunday Afternoon in Bham about this time of the year on Shiftlessness.

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