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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, August 28, 2014

Mary Alice Helton on NPR

   Mary Alice Helton of Walland Creek outside Pigeon Forge, Tennessee became Mrs. W.D. "Shorty" Fox in 1916 when she was 16 years old. She told me once she always knew how old she was if she knew what year it was cause she was born in 1900.

      She was my grandmother. She and her generation came to mind yesterday as I was listening to a panel on NPR discuss Alice McDermott's new novel Someone. I called in about the 35th minute. You can listen online. Put Nanny in good company with Flannery OConnor, Ron Rash and the great transcendents of her time


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