Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Billy Joe Royal is Dead

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Billy Joe Royal is dead.  In grammar and high school I considered him my friend and so did probably 500 plus other people our age in Marietta.

Before Billy Joe was a singer, in his adolescent and teenage years he was an adventurous kid.  Here is a link to a blog post I made years ago about our Panama City/ Valdosta Adventure. 

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Some Cemeteries near Downtown Marietta

October is the month of cemeteries. 
Here I am jumping on the bandwagon and showing some parts of four most popular cemeteries in Marietta.  As a adolescent I have played in and hung out in three of the cemeteries often.  Saint James not so much.

The cemeteries in order: the Marietta City Cemetery, the Confederate Cemetery, Saint James Episcopalian Cemetery, and the National Cemetery.   All within a couple of blocks of the Square in Downtown Marietta. 

The music is Bach on the Moog.
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Common Cold Cure

I remember an episode of the BEVERLY HILLBILLIES that Granny had created a potion that cures the common cold.

I think Jeffro was bragging about what Granny had created.
Throughout the story it was mentioned that drink plenty of fluids and the cold would go away naturally in 2 to 4 days.
I  forgot who was after Granny's formula, either Mr. Drysdale or some other financial crook.   I think whoever it was decided the best way to get their hands on the formula was to pretend to have a bad cold and granny would give them some of her medicine and they would have hired a chemist at a an expensive rate to be on standby.

So,  I think they pretended to have a cold and Granny gave them the medicine and told them to drink plenty of water and it will take about 2 to 4 days for it to be cured.

I am coming off a bad cold I had this weekend.  Sunday I went to a nearby Urgent Care.  The doctor gave me some prescriptions,  take them, drink plenty of liquid and the cold should be gone in 2 to 4 days.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Marie's Postcard Collection.  The Chattahoochee River in Atlanta.  Technically, this card did not come from Marie's Postcard Collection, but from Marie's correspondence.  It is dated August 26, 1941.  That was just several months before Japan's raid on Pearl Harbor.  I was a month and nine days old.

The card tells of the river flowing out of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlanta using 18,000,000 gallons of its water Daily.  That card was probably printed over 75 years old.  I bet the population of Atlanta has grown a lots since then. 

Also on the card it mentions a proposed plan of making the Chattahoochee River  navigable all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.*     We are living in the future of the proposal.  We can how far it got.

*Yes, yes, I know the name of the Chattahoochee River changes it name once it enters Florida.. Applia..something.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Benjamin Learning to Giggle

Rocky learning the buttons on Ben's giggle box.

Saturday, October 03, 2015


It is that time of year for ghosts, haints , harvest, and Edgar Allen Poe.  This Wednesday, October 7, 2015 will be Edgar's 166th anniversary of his death.  I am recognizing it with his poem THE RAVEN as interpreted by in MAD comicbook #9, with editor Harvey Kurtzman and artist Will Elder.

To this day I remember most the words in ANNABELLA LEE by Poe.

I was a child,
and she was a child,
In this Kingdom by the sea,
Annabella Lee
and  me.

I'm not sure I didn't get Me aned Annabella Lee crossed.
I still remember it mostly  because my 12th grade English Teacher  Mrs Clara Nolen had me memorized and recite it.  And she is still controlling that part of my brain from the grave.

Here is fact I learned last week:  My English teacher Mrs. Clara Nolen was the aunt of my science teacher Mrs. Clara Howell.  They lived next door to each other and Clara is named after Clara!

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More Than a Dozen Virgins!

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It looks like a Dozen Virgins plus two.  What more could a man ask for?

"Oh I don't know,  maybe that they are not angels?"

Friday, October 02, 2015

Col Leander Newton Trammell, (1830-1900), My Cousin

Leander Newton Trammell 1830-1900).  Leander Newton Trammell was technically Governor of Georgia  for one day.  He was also head of the Georgia Railway System.  He and his family lived in Dalton, Whitfield  County, Georgia, and here in Marietta.  In each of his homes  in both towns they lived on Trammell Street.  Leander was my first cousin, four times removed.

Interesting his grandson, Niles Trammell , worked for the NBC Radio Network and signed on the radio series AMOS AND ANDY.  He later became president of NBC when they opened up televising.   Have you ever noticed on the AMOS & ANDY shows Marietta, Georgia (Niles Trammell) hometown was often mention, but the character George Stephens (Kingfish) as well as the actor who played him, Tim Moore,  was also  from Marietta, so I heard.

Ironically,  He was elected to the Constitution Convention of 1867-1868, where he died the State good service.  He was the recognized leader of the patriotic little band of fourteen in that body known as the "Hancock Democracy".  It was through their tireless efforts that white supremacy was secured to Georgia in those dark days.  was tendered the nomination for State Senator, but declined it.


Thursday, October 01, 2015


The Big 40!


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