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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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Top 15 political events associated with Gaffney SC in the Mid 20th Century

   The Trump Disaster had me thinking too much about politics the last two weeks. My way of getting back to some normalcy, always elusive, is to get "out there". So here some serious, some obviously facetious are the pretty much definitive top 15 Political Incidents related to Gaffney SC from roughly 1940- 1978

     Fifteen:  Chicken Jolley attended Sunday services at Bethany Baptist Church--Billy D. Fox, Pastor-- on Wilkinsville Rd circa 74 as part of his reelection campaign to SC State Senate.

     14. The "incident"  at the Gaffney Post Office circa 65

       13. Roger Smoak introduces tennis to Gaffney High Athletic Program the fall of 68

      12.The school board transition from year 67-68 to 68-69. The arrival of Vince Price on a board chaired by Waite Hamrick helped smooth Cherokee County's acceptance of Brown V Board in the face of devotees of  George Wallace and Strom Thurmond's Choice Plan

     11. Strom Thurmond's wife Nancy hat blows away in the wind at Limestone College roughly April 68

      10 Stephen Fox and Roger Milliken Jr become good friends the summer of 1970 working at Sunny Slope peach Shed. Roger came to the house on Sundays for friend chicken and I saw his house in Spartanburg and his Dad's pictures with President Nixon.

     9.The 1956 bombing of the Doctor's house on College Drive, later occupied by one of Gov Riley's best childhood friends Don Gannt

     8 Libby Mitchell elected President of the GHS Student Body. Later after Furman to marry an Arkansan with close ties to the Kennedys and herself to run for Governor of Maine.

     7. Gaffney beauty Andie Macdowell stars with Bill Murray in Ground Hog day, I think in the 80s. Murray goes on to be part owner with Bill Veeck's son of the Charleston Riverdogs and ralley the Chicago Cubs to World Series History, a good omen for Hillary Clinton that didn't take

     6  John Hamrick in 1974 as president of the American Textile Manufacturers Inst has private audience with President Ford in San Francisco. In 1976 Billy Graham and Ford get Yankees 2nd Baseman, Mickey Mantle's great friend Bobby Richardson to run for US Congress but Bobby is shot down by a question by Stephen Fox on Brown lung at a meeting in the old Bernanke Drug Store across from what was Merchants and Planters Bank

     5.Bob Peeler meets with Karl Rove and ten others at the Hyatt in Greenville to go negative on John McCain to abet the comeback and eventual Presidency of George W. Bush. Peeler later spotted in a PBS documentary on the SC Primary coming from behind a curtain to stand with Bush on the night of W's Comeback.
   
    4. Fletcher Smith of the same 1970 GHS Class as Peeler is campaign manager for Joe Lieberman in the 2004 SC primary but in2008 his horse Gov Richardson of New Mexico had faltered and Smith was sought by Hillary and Obama camp. Fletcher was on the way to Columbia to have a 20 minute one on one meeting with Hillary when Obama called him on his cell phone about the Clinton exit, maybe Newberry.

    3. Strom Thurmond rides his horse in the initial Peach Festival Parade featuring Stephen Fox Get it On Trombone Band and Star Trek's Shatner as Grand Marshall

    2.  Marian Wright Edelman, mentor to both Bobby Kennedy and Hillary Clinton spends summers with her Gandfather, a former slave, pastor of Thicketty Creek Baptist Church just off 29 on way to Cowpens.

   1. Wilbur J Cash, baptized at Cherokee Ave Baptist Church, in 1939 or so publishes his legendary book The Mind of the South. 75 odd years later Hal Crowther in John Grisham's Oxford American Magazine celebrates the book with a sardonic review of two books one which takes issue with the Daughters of the Confederacy, their perversion of the History of the Civil War now embraced by Donald Trump's Presidency and his lackeys Jeff Sessions, and Steve Bannon and David Barton who buttresses the "biblical" world view of Trey Gowdy's FBC Spartanburg.
 

I was prescient by three days on the magnificence and timelessness of  Cash. See my blog on Hoschild.

 Here is a beautiful piece from the early 90s on Cash with added value evaluation of textile mills that were to disappear within a decade of Rubin's look back.

http://www.vqronline.org/essay/wj-cash-after-fifty-years

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