Great day to be a Mississippian


Several Texas friends visited this weekend while attending the Mississippi State – Texas A & M football game.  How sweet it was!

They were all very good sports – especially Kim (center) and her husband David who are rabid Aggies. At right my fellow West Pointer Emily Bedford Schepens and her husband Jim  and classmate Al Sage and Tinker Lautar savored the day of conquest together.  I would put right up there with the end of prohibition!. Best of all, the out of staters get to return to Texas and Tennessee supremely proud to be native Mississippians and MSU or Ole Miss alums.

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Model citizens and exuberant ‘agents’

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Several people have asked who my models were for the front cover of my book “Love, Laughter & Losing my Keys.”   Well, they are my best friends for five decades including from left Norma Clark Atkins, yours truly who is high on Ensure – seriously, that’s what we are drinking (or was it a Cosmopolitan,  I forget) , Brenda Wiygul  Chambliss, and Marie Portera.

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Rock & Roll in Mississippi

Although Mississippi is known for its Blues, the state spawned many firsts in the genre of Rock ‘n Roll according to John Sumrall who has become an authority on the music of Mississippi Johnny-Valentine_Felsted-Record-2 His book “Classic Magnolia Rock—History of Original Mississippi Rock and Roll 1952-1970” contains a wealth of information on this era so beloved by Baby Boomers everywhere. Sunrall notes that the first rock and roll record to be released world-wide was a song by the original Rolling Stones from Mississippi which we reported several months ago.. The group was formed at Mississippi State College (later named Mississippi State University) in the mid-1950’s and consisted of Andy Anderson, William “Cuz” Covington, Joe Tubb, Bobby Lyon and Roy Estes. Continue reading

Lost in the wonder years


You must know by now that I have a book coming out next month. I wanted to call it “The Wonder Years” but my editor felt it might be confused with the television show by the same name which had a good run about 20 years ago.  Come to think of it, we all had a pretty good run 20 years ago!

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Well, I’ll be a ring-tailed tooter!


This week, I had the joy of attending a family reunion deep in the wildwoods of Tippah County, Mississippi which has long reminded me of Snuffy Smith Country with all the hills and hollows. Not only did I get a taste of the best Southern cooking this side of the Mason Dixon, I picked up a few colloquialisms which I plan to incorporate into my vocabulary. It would be a shame to lose these priceless relics of our distant past.

My most favorite is the term “ring-tailed tooter” which rolled off the lips of my friend Norma while describing a

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