Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pictures Taken by a Nut

I am still sorting out my hobby- mess in the basement, wherever I have a couple of hours. Yesterday I came across some photo prints I took at least 30 years or more ago. I thought I would get some more mileage out of them.

The first pictures are Lillian Carter, Jimmy Carter’s mother and Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother. Shortly after Carter was elected in 1976 we drove down to Plains, Georgia, to check things out.

“Ms Lillian” had a table set up at the train depot where she would come to certain times and sign things for tourists. We saw a tourist try to shake her hand and she said something to the effect, “Don’t touch me!”. That made sound rude, but hundred of people probably wanted to shake her hand everyday, so she was just being honestly frank. Chances are some of them had germs on their hands.

I saw Billy leave the Billy Carter Service Station in his vehicle and make sort of a u-turn that carried him to the Carter Peanut Office just about a half block away. I took his picture several times. He glared at me and I remember he shot me a bird – although I am still looking for that picture. Billy and his mother are dead now.

Larry McDonald was the very conservative “communist behind every tree” John Birch Society congressman. This picture was taken during a 4th of July parade. I got to take his picture at two different 4th of July parades before he got shot out of the air by communists.
Both of the times I took his picture in the parades he always held up the parade to give me the opportunity to take a good one. I had a big 200MM long barrel telephoto lens and he must have thought I was part of the press.
From Wikipedia:
Lawrence Patton McDonald (April 1, 1935 – September 1, 1983) was an American statesman and a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the seventh congressional district of Georgia as a Democrat. He was a passenger onboard Korean Air Flight 007 shot down by Soviet interceptors and presumed dead. He was a cousin of General George S. Patton [1].
A Conservative Democrat, he was active in numerous civil organizations and maintained a conservative voting record in Congress. He was known for his staunch opposition to communism and believed in long standing covert efforts by powerful US groups to bring about a socialist world government.

My father-in-law had a few chickens to roam free-range his land for many years. For this mother and baby chick it is sundown and roosting time.

A frog is a frog, unless you know something about them. So, in my case, it is just a frog that was very still when it posed for me.

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Blogger Si's blog said...

Too bad you never got a picture of Billy whizzing on the tarmac in Arabia, I think. Did that cause the conflict in the Middle East, do you think? Billy and Lillian were a hoot, weren't they?

Forgot about McDonald. Interesting.

You were really in the center of American history. Those things just don't happen here in Exmore.

10:58 AM  
Blogger ET said...


And lets not forget Jimmy's sister the Faith Healer... or was she just a preacher, I forgot.

And I think he had another sister, that was normal.

11:01 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I bet that frog was scared to death!

11:15 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I bet that frog was trying to estimate how he was going to zap a big thing like me with his tongue and toss me in his mouth

11:55 AM  

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