“Ole friends” reveal a few secrets.

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  • Today Gordon Hazard and Tom Braddock celebrated their mutual birthdays at my house.  For 60 years, they’ve been  celebrating this date together, but  today may have been the most memorable – at least for those of us who love them.

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  • As a bonus, their contemporary,  John Robert Arnold, age 89 at left, stopped by  and entertained us with more stories and a few little known verses from familiar songs.  I suspect he made them up.
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Of course, the women who have kept  these men out of trouble for so many years were here.  Above, Martha Braddock, Sara Hazard,  and Pat Pate, Daddy’s faithful assistant, joined in the celebration.

I took notes and found out so many secrets long covered up.  About the OkeDoke Inn from the 1930s and The Blue Room which operated in the vicinity of Gordon’s old veterinary clinic.

I heard about The Stardust Terrace, the Golden Gate and the Wagon Wheel just across from the the Indian Mount on Highway 45. I learned that a major magazine rated West Point as Numero Uno in wild Honky Tonks between Chicago and Mobile back in the 30s.

What? My wholesome Land of Oz? West Point, Mississippi, the center of my universe had some unsavory businesses?  Nah.  Can’t be.

6 thoughts on ““Ole friends” reveal a few secrets.

  1. George and I wish your daddy a big Happy Birthday!!
    Please tell him we are glad he’s doing well.

  2. TOM AND GORDAN–THE GOLD DUST TWINS—GLAD I WAS THERE TO ENJOY THEIR STORIES—THE BEST GENERATION-BY FAR…SO MUCH TO LEARN-STILL-FROM THESE MEN…..

  3. Good analogy Jack I didn’t know who the “gold dust twins” were so I looked it up.. two talented individuals working closely together for a common goal. That’s Daddy and Gordon to a tee. Their common goal was to leave the planet a better place. They will succeed but hopefully not too soon!
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