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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.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Momma and the Atlanta Constitution

  Vaguely I remember my Momma reading Ralph McGill in the Atlanta Constitution as early as 1960. We lived in Hayesville, N.C. then and subscribed. She read the paper all along, kept up. In the late 60's we had pilgrimmed over to Gaffney, S.C. where she was an avid reader of the Spartanburg paper. She got upset with their columnist The Stroller cause she felt he caricatured Baptist preachers too often; of not much more consequence  they suggested, than the fried chicken they were known to indulge. She thought that thoughtless and unfair.
  Daddy was a Baptist preacher.
  So by the late 70s I got the urge to express myself. Had a few things in the Gaffney Ledger, caused a stir in some circles and developed an audience of seven or so 18 year olds, a following. So I spread it around here and there, in the Knoxville Sentinel, Rome News; even got a letter in the Ga Baptist Paper.
    But I couldn't crack the Constitution, couldn't get noticed. Over the 20 years or so Momma was takin all this in.
     One mornin, Sept 84 or so, about ten am I was sittin on the back porch at my Grandmother's home deep in thought and Momma comes out and says: "Got my name in the Atlanta Constitution!"

   Sure enough she had. On front page of Section B, the Living section there she was in a column by the great Celestine Sibley. Bout halfway down Cee says and this in from Louise Fox of Euharlee, who had been deep in the throes of packing down in Pike County for a move back to NW Georgia. She took to my piece on passing the songs she sang with her mother on down to her daughter Marsha.....

     So there I was. Momma trumped me.

      Momma passed March 17, 1988. July 6 she woulda been 90 years old.

     Happy Birthday Momma, The Grandest Yankee Doodle Dandy I've ever known!


Blogger Randall Balmer said...

Sweet . . .

2:37 PM  
Blogger Randall Balmer said...

Sweet . . .

2:37 PM  

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