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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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Collinsville's latest Brush with National Notoriety

  I guess all small towns sooner or later get mentioned somewhere. But Collinsville has had its share over time. A few days ago Martha Barksdale of the History Museum said Irby Hall got the Turkey Trot to the Notice of the National Geographic in 1929. Not sure about that but she's working on it.
   Everybody should read the Alabama History Quarterly piece on Trade Day, I think first published in 84. Rucker Agee coming threw on the train just in time to see the "wildly flapping gobblers" at the mercy of some 40,000 who had come out of the local hills is a gem.
   Collinsville has been in Nat Geo in 75, saw that one with my own eyes. And a big picture book had a picture of Trade Day in the 90s. Two documentaries featuring Collinsville have been on statewide TV, the Soccer team winning state championship got some publicity.
     Rick Bragg's piece on Trade Day is still an easy google at Southern Living. Dietrich Bonhoeffer came through town on HWY 11 in late Spring of 1931 and Hank Williams passed through town on his last drive. William Moore walked through town in April of 63 and was assassinated just five miles inside the Etowah County Line going South. LA Times wrote that up in 2002.
    But the latest is Paul Theroux in Deep South. Great Book if for noting else getting me thinking about Faulkner again. The Chapter on the "Fantastification " of Southern Literature is priceless, as is look at Bama FAns and the Sororites at Bama trouble with race.
     But Collinsville is in there too, if just in passing. Page 162. Same motel Brett Morgen stayed in when he did his doc in 92 Blessings of Liberty before he took on the Chicago Ten, Mic and the Rolling Stones and got to be friends with Robert Redford for The Kid Stays in the Picture and On the Ropes.
    Brett stayed in the same place before international traveler spent the night a few years ago.
    I wish Paul had gone on in to town. Though I've had my differences, he coulda toured Martha's History Museum. It is Spotless if a little provincial but to be applauded as is their work with the Town Clock and Cricket Theatre.
    Heck the local preacher had three sons who went to Duke and UVA and Yale.

    So we can hang if you just get to know us a little better.

   Even so woulda been hilarious if he had interviewed Jennifer Wilkins at the Library. Another priceless moment, this one he missed.

    Read the book. Some good stuff in there.


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