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Becky Schlegel’s Christmas Tale

admin : December 2, 2009 9:45 AM : Anecdote| Celebrity| Celebrity Tale| Christmas

BECKY SCHLEGEL
Becky Schlegel

“I don’t know what it is about toys, but I love to collect them. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my Fisher Price Cash Register. I got this toy from “Santa” for Christmas when I was five years old. I still have it today (with all of the pen marks and colored-in, ripped decals), along with all the coins that came with it.

That same year, my sister Jan, who was three at the time, got the Tuneyvillle Train. The train drove my mother crazy because it was soooo loud! I found one of these trains the other day and then found three of the little records that go with it on Ebay. It was so exciting!Most of our toys were hand-me-downs, or were from the Salvation Army or Goodwill store. These two toys were extra special because they came new, “in the box” and were from “Santa.” I get warm fuzzy memories just thinking about those days.”

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Jody Booth’s Christmas Tale

admin : December 2, 2009 9:33 AM : Anecdote| Celebrity| Celebrity Tale| Christmas

JODY BOOTH

Jody Booth

“My fondest Christmas memory happens to be every Christmas from the time I could remember to the time I was around 15. We do things a little different down here in East Texas.

We lived about 1000 feet from my Uncle Buzzard, my Mom’s youngest brother.

He had a huge metal barn where he worked on everything from lawnmowers to classic cars.

Over in the corner was an old wood stove sitting right there in the dirt with a pipe running straight up and out of the roof. I will never forget the smell of the pine burning and filling up the barn with smoke, which was probably not very healthy, but no one cared back in those days.

Every year on the weekend before Christmas, the entire family would gather around that old stove. With kids and musical instruments in tow, they would eat until they could hardly move, post up by the stove and proceed to jam.

While my Uncle Charles Lee and cousin Charlie played guitars, my Uncle Curtis played the mandolin and my mom played the fiddle. In my youngest days I remember playing on the dirt floor with my cousins while trying to keep 4 to 6 dogs from their wallered out holes by the wood stove.

In my later years, my interest turned toward the music. Since then Uncles Curtis, Charles Lee and Buzzard have passed away but there memory is still going strong. I guess the fact that they’re all gone is the reason we have not gotten together in a while.”

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The Country is a Hoot!

admin : November 23, 2009 5:10 PM : Celebrity| Celebrity Tale

By Sean Hoots, Hoots & Hellmouth



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For a bunch of city boys, we sure do love our time in the country. The fresh air, the foliage, the freedom – it’s nature at its most honest.

And what about the food?! We often go out of our way to hit local restaurants and farms to fill our bellies when we’re on the road. It just seems natural to eat local.
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Alabama and the Fine Art of Yard Rollin’

admin : November 20, 2009 5:32 PM : Celebrity| Celebrity Tale| Mike's Picks| Short Story| Stupid Stunts and Pranks| Tough Growing Up Lessons

By Grant Langston

Grant Langston Cover

“The Country” means a hundred different things to a hundred different people. To me, it has always meant freedom.

There’s something about the lack of people and the open space that gives you an opportunity to stretch out and have an adventure. As a teenager that meant the ability to get into trouble without having someone on your back. Blow something up. Build a potato gun and shoot it at cars that whizzed by on Hwy 36. Build a tree house in the woods and use it as a base of operations for pine cone battles, runs to the bootlegger, or a place to stash our Playboy or OUI Magazines (which we pronounced as “O-U-I”, having no idea that it was French).

The country meant that in the summer you said goodbye to your mom at 7am and you got home when the streetlights came on. What you did in the intervening 13 hours was between you, your little brother, and whatever gang of boys you were running with that day.  You were 12-years-old.  You solved your own problems.  You made your own fun.
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Raised in Altamahaw-Ossipee, North Carolina

admin : November 19, 2009 12:06 PM : Celebrity| Celebrity Tale| Mike's Picks| Short Story

By Seth Walker

Seth Walker


I was raised in rural North Carolina in a town called Altamahaw-Ossipee. Yes – hard to pronounce and hard to find.

My parents and another couple, Jim and Susan Walton, met at a Quaker retreat and made a plan to live communally in a log house built with their own hands.

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California’s Country Past

admin : November 17, 2009 6:34 PM : Anecdote| Celebrity| Celebrity Tale| Historic

By B-Bendin’ Honky-Tonker, Dave Gleason

Dave Gleason Front

I grew up the suburbs of Northern California, in the East Bay town of Concord. In the early 1970’s this area had a real country feel to it – many ranches with horses surrounded by walnut orchards, and plenty of open space.
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Three Time Winners!

admin : November 17, 2009 3:32 PM : Anecdote| Celebrity| Celebrity Tale

By Bill Lyerly

Bill at Kafe Antzokia

Bill Lyerly at Kafe Antzokia


I grew up in Grifton, a small rural town located in Eastern North Carolina.  When I was 12 years old my first rock & roll band, The Vagabonds, appeared on a local TV show called Talent Hunt.
The band had been together for about a year and we proudly played covers of Beatles, Stones, Kinks and Ventures songs – and NOW was our BIG chance!  Talent Hunt was broadcast on the new ABC affiliate, WCTI Channel 12, located in New Bern, about forty miles away.  Until recently we had had only CBS and NBC to watch- that was it- two stations.
A large viewing audience watched Talent Hunt each week and voted for their favorite act by sending in a postcard with the name of that act (this was 1965 and postcards cost a penny each- including postage).  If you won 3 weeks in a row you were a champion and went on to appear on a 3 Time Winners Show.
It was total variety and our competition could be anything from a juggler to four kids lip-syncing Alvin and The Chipmonk songs.  I remember on our first appearance we played “Tired of Waiting” by the Kinks and an instrumental by the Ventures.
I have never liked the idea of losing, so each week that we performed I would buy 500 postcards and take them to school to get signatures.  I wasn´t very good at math either because Grifton School, grades 1-12, didn´t have 500 students even if you included teachers, custodians and lunchroom staff.  Now that I think about it I am pretty sure there weren´t 500 people in all of Grifton and the surrounding area, but I was not about to let a little hiccup like that stop me.
I already had the TV station address written on all of the postcards plus, “I vote for the Vagabonds!”  In my enthusiasm, and need for additional names, I got carried away so I studied all the Beatles´ signatures on Beatle cards and learned to copy all of them pretty well.  I would write things like, “I vote for the Vagabonds because they are better than us!” signed – George Harrison etc.
Anyway, thanks to my craftiness, we ended up being 3 Time Winners and later appeared on a Three Time Winner Show!  We Were The Champions – The Vagabonds!

I grew up in Grifton, a small rural town located in Eastern North Carolina.  When I was 12 years old my first rock & roll band, The Vagabonds, appeared on a local TV show called Talent Hunt.
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