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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, September 22, 2011

REM, Brad Pitt and the Devil All The Time

Lot of things happened today. I've had memorable dreams three days in a row; a wooden tennis racket with broke strings, and a fellow from Gaffney I was trying to have a conversation with and a fat woman sat down between us.
But this morning I woke up to hear NPR announcing the end of REM. First I heard of them, I think Debbie Medaris mentioned Howard Finster from north of Rome in Penland had done artwork for their first album cover. Then I saw them on MTV and heard they or Finster maybe it was, was on Johnny Carson. Never figured something about to be that famous would come out of Athens, Ga.
Then later I learned their manager Bertis Downs, a Presbyterian minister's son active with People for the American Way had some of the same opinions as I did about the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention. Plus with his Davidson connection was big fan of Furman President Shi; which of course made it a small world indeed.
Man on the Moon, Losing my Religion and the soundtrack for MOMoon Movie were grand lyrics to think about.
And I read Mark Kemp's homage to them, Dixie Lullaby and they mused a script a friend and I wrote, coming of age in NE Georgia in the 70's. It still has merit.
All this on the day Brad Pitt was on NPR Fresh Air talking about how the SBC of his raisin in Springfield turned out to be inadequate.
I may see Governor Brewer tomorrow, Maybe he will find some of it interesting.
REM and I have a mutual friend in Katie Ford. I hope she tells them my shared grief of this end of the era.
Stipe had a great line about one of the savvier points of going to a party is when to take the exit.
Classy gifted people.
Pearl Jam documentary on PBS October 21
Collinsville, Quiltwalk this weekend.
Donald Ray Pollock, Chapter 32
Oh and Al Mohler on NPR Talk of the Nation. Sometime everything happens on the same day.

1 Comments:

Blogger foxofbama said...

Here is a great piece to cut and paste, bringing Spartanburg, S.C. and REM together, as Spartanburg is only 20 miles West of Gaffney

http://swampland.com/articles/view/title:mark_kemp_the_gritz_interview

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