Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Growing Old Gracefully


Anna and I were sitting in a waiting room at the hospital very early yesterday morning. My sister was there for a procedure. A man and his wife walked in. The man looked in my direction, he saw me his expression lit up, he smiled and gave me a warm wave. I didn’t recognize him. As he and his wife talked to the receptionist I recognized him. His name is Joel. He lost hair since the last time I saw him.

He had been coming to our Good Old Boys & Girls (GOBAG) meeting but he hasn’t been there for a while. I felt bad that he recognized me but I didn’t recognize him.

After he and his wife sat down I walked over to say hi. He introduced me to his wife by saying “He (me) and I (him) went on those bowling tournaments in Las Vegas and Reno that time….” I interrupted him saying, “Wait! I have never been to Reno or Las Vegas.”

He confused me with someone else. He refocused and realized who I am.

While in the waiting room we decided to have breakfast. We had country steak and biscuit. On my biscuit I spread grape jelly. In my jumbled clumsy movements I dropped the little grape pack onto the floor in front of me. I picked it up and saw the floor had a little patch of grape jelly. I thought a cleaning lady will be by shortly and get it. Then I thought what about all the people who might walk on top of it and get jelly on the bottom of their shoes. They will have a sticky shoe each time they take a step. Being the humanist that I am, I cleaned up the jelly off the floor.

Anna wanted to move a few seats over to be able to watch the news on the big TV on the wall. When we moved I thought I got rid of our breakfast napkins, cups, and paper plates. I know I threw it all in a garbage can. As soon as we moved two Latino women moved into the seats we were occupying. There was a small table with a phone and a Styrofoam coffee cup. That was the same kind of coffee cup I was drinking my coffee from that I bought from the hospital cafeteria. Damn! I forgot to pick it up and throw it away. I didn’t want for my trash to be a nuisance to the two ladies – the best thing for me to do was to take a few steps over, smile and say, “excuse me” and pickup the coffee cup and throw it away in the nearby trashcan. I was about to stand up to make my move when one of the ladies picked up the cup and sipped out of it. It was her cup. In just another moment and I would have made a fool out of myself, again.

Back home, later in the day I called Paul and told him about seeing Joel in the hospital and that is where Paul was. He has been in the ER since the day before. His heart rate had drop to the low 30s. The doctors were trying to decide what to do and his daughter was trying to get him to change over to Saint Joseph’s in Atlanta. I checked with him about four hours later and his heart rate was back to normal and he was checking out of the hospital

Getting old is not for wimps.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

I Have an Important Assignment Today


You probably won't hear from me anymore today. In fact, this was typed yesterday (which is actually today to me - aren't time machines great?) You see, I have a very very important assignment today.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tyson Genelaogy, Part 30

185. ANNIE8 TYSON (AARON7, MOSES6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Aft. 1827, and died Unknown. She married W.D. MCCLURE.

Notes for ANNIE TYSON:
"Died when about 8 years old" - from Family Memories by Jason Tyson, Sr. - a mixup?

Children of ANNIE TYSON and W.D. MCCLURE are:
i. EDNA9 MCCLURE74, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
ii. SALLIE MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
iii. EVERETTE MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
iv. DAVID MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
v. JASON MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
vi. WILLIAM MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.
vii. BEULAH MCCLURE, b. Aft. 1847; d. Unknown.


186. JUSTIN8 TYSON (AARON7, MOSES6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) died 1873. He married ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON in , Pike Co, Al.

Marriage Notes for JUSTIN TYSON and ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON:
They moved to Sevier Co, Ark. From there they moved to Jones Co., Miss., on account of lung trouble contacted during the Civil War. He moved to Monroe Co., La.
Children of JUSTIN TYSON and ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON are:
i. DAUGHTER9 TYSON, m. A CRAFT.
ii. SON TYSON.

Notes for SON TYSON:
Remained in Louisana


187. NOAH8 TYSON (SHEM7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1808 in , Pitt Co, NC, and died 1874 in Rodessa, , La. He married AMANDA A. BRINKLEY 06 Sep 1832. She was born 1820 in , , SC, and died 25 Jun 1868.

Child of NOAH TYSON and AMANDA BRINKLEY is:
328. i. SHEM9 TYSON, b. 1835; d. 1870.


188. ARCHIBALD8 TYSON (SHEM7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 05 Sep 1803 in , Pitt, NC, and died 23 Jun 1874 in Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al. He married SARAH JANE WARREN. She was born 29 Jan 1825, and died 29 Aug 1899.

Children of ARCHIBALD TYSON and SARAH WARREN are:
i. ARCHIBALD9 TYSON, b. 12 Dec 1844, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 23 Jul 1922, Montgomery, Montgomery, Al; m. ELLEN ARRINGTON, 05 Nov 1875, Montgomery, Montgomery, Al; b. Aft. 1844; d. Unknown.
ii. WINTON LOWNDES TYSON, b. 01 Feb 1847, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. Unknown.
iii. LABAN WARREN TYSON, b. 30 Sep 1848, , Butler, Al; d. 27 Jun 1888; m. PATTIE NICHOLSON ARRINGTON, 04 Dec 1875, , , Al; b. Abt. 1850; d. Unknown.
iv. CLAUDIS ADAMS TYSON, b. 11 Sep 1850, , Butler, Al; d. 07 Jun 1921, , , Al; m. (1) MARY SMITH; b. Aft. 1850; d. Unknown; m. (2) HELEN BENNETT; b. Aft. 1850; d. Unknown.
v. SARAH MITILDA TYSON, b. 07 Aug 1852, , Butler, Al; d. 06 May 1918; m. LEWIS J. RENDER, 25 Oct 1876, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; b. 25 Dec 1852; d. Unknown.
vi. CALIFORNIA ANN TYSON, b. 17 Nov 1854; d. 15 Aug 1855, , Butler, Al.

More About CALIFORNIA ANN TYSON:
Lived: Only 9 months.

329. vii. SHEM ARTHUR TYSON, b. 26 Jan 1857, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 29 Jul 1933, , , Al.
viii. MARY ELIZABETH TYSON, b. 08 Mar 1859, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 02 Jan 1897.
ix. JAMES ARCHIBALD TYSON, b. 26 Nov 1860, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 28 Apr 1922, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; m. BESSIE TARVER BROWN, 25 Apr 1888; b. 08 Dec 1867; d. 27 May 1961.
330. x. JOHN CAIUS TYSON, SR., b. 01 Dec 1863, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 22 May 1941, Montgomery, Montomery, Al.


189. JOHN ADAMS8 TYSON (SHEM7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 01 Sep 1815 in , Pitt, NC, and died 10 May 1884. He married MARTHA MATILDA WARREN. She was born 15 Nov 1831, and died 13 Dec 1900.

Children of JOHN TYSON and MARTHA WARREN are:
i. JOHN RUSSELL9 TYSON, b. 28 Nov 1855, . Lowndes, Al; d. 27 Mar 1923, Rochester, Olmsted, Mn; m. MARY DOSSIE JORDAN, 20 Oct 1879, Lexington, , Va; b. Aft. 1855; d. Unknown.
ii. ROBERT A. TYSON, b. 13 Apr 1859, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. Unknown.
iii. VIRGINIA TYSON, b. 10 Jul 1861, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 29 Aug 1936; m. JOSEPH NORWOOD; b. Abt. 1860; d. Unknown.
iv. SILAS TYSON, b. 1864, Montgomery, Montomery, Al; d. 13 Nov 1925, Montgomery, Montomery, Al; m. (1) PAULINE ADAMS; b. Abt. 1865; d. Unknown; m. (2) DAISY WALKER; b. Abt. 1865; d. Unknown.
v. SHEM LABON TYSON, b. 20 May 1872, Lowndesboro, Lowndes, Al; d. 03 Jan 1952; m. (1) MARY CHILTON; b. Aft. 1872, Montgomery, Montomery, Al; d. Unknown; m. (2) NINA WADSWORTH, 06 Aug 1902; b. Aft. 1872, Asheville, Buncombe, NC; d. 22 Jul 1947.


190. SENNETY 'CINNETTE'8 TYSON (NOAH7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 31 Aug 1807 in , Pitt, NC, and died 29 Sep 1866 in , Greene, NC. She married (1) WILLIAM LOVING TURNAGE in , , NC. He was born Bef. 1807, and died Unknown. She married (2) HEWELL J. HART 1837 in , , NC. He was born 21 Jun 1816 in , , NC, and died 02 Mar 1856 in , , NC.

Children of SENNETY TYSON and WILLIAM TURNAGE are:
i. JOHN9 TURNAGE, b. Aft. 1823, , , NC; d. Unknown.
ii. NOAH TURNAGE, b. Aft. 1823, , , NC; d. Unknown.
iii. JOSIAH TURNAGE, b. Aft. 1823, , , NC; d. Unknown.
iv. SYLVESTER TURNAGE, b. Aft. 1823, , , NC; d. Unknown.


Children of SENNETY TYSON and HEWELL HART are:
v. APSOLY9 HART, b. 1838, , , NC; d. Unknown; m. (1) TREVLON TULOUS; b. Abt. 1835; d. Unknown; m. (2) UNKNOWN CASWELL; b. Abt. 1835; d. Unknown.
331. vi. TYCUS HART, b. 02 May 1840, , , NC; d. 30 Dec 1918, Trees , , LA.
vii. MACON HART, b. 11 Jan 1843, , , NC; d. 06 Oct 1861.

More About MACON HART:
Lived: about 18 years

viii. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HART, b. 06 Jun 1845, , , NC; d. 12 Oct 1916, Mena, Polk, Ar; m. EMMA GERTRUDE "HOPE" WRIGHT; b. 19 Aug 1849; d. 01 Aug 1896.


191. SOPHIA8 TYSON (NOAH7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 13 Mar 1821 in , Pitt, NC, and died 11 Apr 1888. She married THOMAS MACAJAR HART. He was born 1816 in , New Bern, NC, and died 22 Sep 1864 in Jasper, Jasper, Tx.

Children of SOPHIA TYSON and THOMAS HART are:
i. NOAH9 HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
ii. NATHAN HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
iii. MONROE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
iv. CALLIE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
v. SALLIE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
vi. ADDIE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
vii. EMILY HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
viii. VECIE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
ix. VAIN HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.
x. TENNIE HART, b. Aft. 1836; d. Unknown.


192. SARAH ANN 'SALLIE ANN'8 TYSON (NOAH7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 25 Mar 1826 in , Pitt, NC, and died Dec 1899. She married JOSIAH 'JOSEPH' COX. He was born Abt. 1825, and died Unknown.

Children of SARAH TYSON and JOSIAH COX are:
i. SARAH JANE9 COX, b. Aft. 1841; d. Unknown; m. UNKNOWN EDWARDS; b. Abt. 1840; d. Unknown.
ii. BERIAH THADEUS COX, b. 30 Jul 1863; d. Unknown; m. MARY V. SMITH; b. Aft. 1863; d. Unknown.


193. MOSES8 TYSON (MOSES7, NOAH6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 08 Nov 1826, and died 18 Oct 1905. He married MARY LACY, daughter of JOHN LACY and JULIA E.. She was born 1828, and died 25 Apr 1905.

Notes for MOSES TYSON:
Moses and Mary Lacy Tyson lived on US 264W at the intersection of County Road 1203 (Allen Road). This house stood until May 1972 when it was destroyed by a tornado that struck the Red Oak Community. They were buried in a family cemetery located approximately 1 mile North of US 264W on the Allen Road. - Jane Tyson Tripp

More About MOSES TYSON:
Military service: 03 Feb 1862, CSA - Co. E, 36th Reg75

Children of MOSES TYSON and MARY LACY are:
i. NAN9 TYSON, b. Aft. 1845; d. Bef. 1887.
332. ii. NOAH WYATT TYSON, b. 23 Sep 1854; d. 23 Jul 1941.


Generation No. 8

194. MARGARET ANN "MAGGIE"9 TYSON (NEILL THOMAS8, NEILL 'THOMAS'7, BENJAMIN6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 11 Dec 1856 in , Cumberland, NC, and died 11 Jun 1933. She married WILLIAM B. PARHAM 04 Dec 1884. He was born 26 Jul 1858, and died 22 May 1933.

Children of MARGARET TYSON and WILLIAM PARHAM are:
i. ANNIE REAVES10 PARHAM, b. 19 Feb 1886, Sanford, , NC; d. 07 May 1950, Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC; m. GEORGE REAVES SESSOMS; b. 26 Jul 1875, , Cumberland, NC; d. 09 Dec 1945, Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC.

More About ANNIE REAVES PARHAM:
Burial: Judson Baptist Cem., Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC

More About GEORGE REAVES SESSOMS:
Burial: Judson Baptist Cem., Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC

ii. IOLA BEATRICE PARHAM, b. 30 Apr 1887; d. Unknown.
iii. NEILL SMITH PARHAM, b. 23 Mar 1889; d. 27 Mar 1889.
iv. BURRELL IRVIN PARHAM, b. 03 Sep 1890; d. 1953; m. (1) MADIE "SEAWELL" SOWELL; m. (2) NORA MAE BRADY, 10 Jul 1914; d. 01 May 1921.
v. ROY LEE PARHAM, b. 03 Oct 1892; d. Unknown; m. ARTA IRENE HENDRICKS.
vi. DELHA PARHAM, b. 16 Apr 1894; d. Unknown.
vii. WILBUR EARL PARHAM, b. 20 Oct 1895; d. 14 Oct 1965; m. REBBECH SHVAGE.
viii. JESSIE LETH PARHAM, b. 08 Dec 1897; d. Unknown; m. ARMSTEAD CECIL DOBSON.
ix. SUDIE VESTA PARHAM, b. 18 May 1900; d. Unknown; m. JOHN THOMAS ALLEN, 18 Feb 1920; b. 30 Dec 1900; d. 10 Apr 1963.


195. MARTHA LOUISA "LULA"9 TYSON (NEILL THOMAS8, NEILL 'THOMAS'7, BENJAMIN6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 02 Oct 1859 in , Cumberland, NC, and died 24 Nov 1944. She married NAPOLEON NAY MCBRYDE 1880 in , Moore, NC. He was born 02 Jun 1857 in , Moore, NC, and died 19 Mar 1922 in , Moore, NC.

Children of MARTHA TYSON and NAPOLEON MCBRYDE are:
i. JAMES THOMAS "TOM"10 MCBRYDE, b. 18 Jul 1881, , Moore, NC; d. 26 Dec 1964.
ii. WALTON VANCE MCBRYDE, b. 08 Mar 1884, , Moore, NC; d. 18 Sep 1959, , Lee, NC; m. MARY ADELAIDE CAMERON; b. 24 Jan 1886; d. 31 Jan 1964, , Lee, NC.

More About WALTON VANCE MCBRYDE:
Burial: White Hill Presbyterian Church, Lee Co., NC

More About MARY ADELAIDE CAMERON:
Burial: White Hill Presbyterian Church, Lee Co., NC

iii. RAYMOND MCBRYDE, b. 25 Jul 1885, , Moore, NC; d. 11 Mar 1937; m. LILLY MAY CRUTCHFIELD, 07 Apr 1907; b. 08 May 1890; d. 20 Dec 1931.
iv. BARNEY MCBRYDE, b. 08 Mar 1887, , Moore, NC; d. 11 Dec 1972; m. FANNIE JANE SYKES, 27 Jan 1906; b. 31 Jan 1888, , Cumberland, NC; d. 27 Feb 1980.

More About BARNEY MCBRYDE:
Burial: Lafayette Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC

More About FANNIE JANE SYKES:
Burial: Lafayette Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., NC

v. NAPOLEON DOUGLAS MCBRYDE, b. 26 Nov 1889, , Moore, NC; d. 27 Oct 1955; m. ESTELLE MARY SPIVEY, 08 May 1909; b. 24 Dec 1891; d. 13 May 1971.
vi. LOTTIE HERMAN MCBRYDE, b. 26 Jun 1891, , Moore, NC; d. 19 Sep 1959; m. LIZZIE MAY JEFFRIES; b. 01 May 1896; d. 17 Jan 1925.
vii. GROVER CONWAY "CONNIE" MCBRYDE, b. 31 Dec 1892, , Moore, NC; d. 24 Nov 1916.
viii. WILLIS E. MCBRYDE, b. 31 Aug 1894, , Moore, NC; d. 16 Sep 1895.
ix. FREDRICK HOMER MCBRYDE, b. 26 Feb 1896, , Moore, NC; d. 13 Jun 1976, , Lee, NC; m. NOVAL BELL STUTTS, 18 Nov 1915, Sanford, Lee, NC; b. 08 Feb 1897; d. 22 Oct 1973, , Lee, NC.

More About FREDRICK HOMER MCBRYDE:
Burial: Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Sanford, Lee, NC

More About NOVAL BELL STUTTS:
Burial: Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Sanford, Lee, NC

x. VIRGIL MCBRYDE, b. 16 Jul 1897, , Moore, NC; d. 11 Sep 1970; m. LAURA LEE RIDDLE.

More About VIRGIL MCBRYDE:
Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, Durham Co., NC

More About LAURA LEE RIDDLE:
Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, Durham Co., NC

xi. EDGEBERT LEE MCBRYDE, b. 02 Oct 1899, , Moore, NC; d. 27 Mar 1980.
xii. INFANT SON MCBRYDE, b. 15 Mar 1901, , Moore, NC; d. 15 Mar 1901, , Moore, NC.
xiii. FORREST GLENN MCBRYDE, b. 06 Jul 1902, , Moore, NC; d. 23 Feb 1968; m. ANNE MAUDE STONE, 23 Mar 1920; b. 08 Dec 1901; d. 21 Apr 1971.

More About FORREST GLENN MCBRYDE:
Burial: Eastside Cemetery, Rockingham, Richmond Co., NC

More About ANNE MAUDE STONE:
Burial: Eastside Cemetery, Rockingham, Richmond Co., NC


196. ELIZABETH FRANCES "FANNY"9 TYSON (NEILL THOMAS8, NEILL 'THOMAS'7, BENJAMIN6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 11 May 1862 in , Cumberland, NC, and died 26 Feb 1944. She married WILLIAM MURPHY LEMON.

Children of ELIZABETH TYSON and WILLIAM LEMON are:
i. ROBERT FRANKLIN10 LEMON, b. 16 May 1885; d. 24 Jun 1965; m. LULA MAE CAMERON.
ii. MILTON LEMON, b. 24 Jun 1902; d. 07 Jul 1930.


197. JOHN MC "JIM"9 TYSON (NEILL THOMAS8, NEILL 'THOMAS'7, BENJAMIN6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 03 Oct 1864 in , Cumberland, NC, and died 24 Apr 1924 in Vass, Moore, NC. He married JANE MCLEOD. She was born 30 May 1873, and died 15 Feb 1951.

More About JOHN MC "JIM" TYSON:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC

More About JANE MCLEOD:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC

Children of JOHN TYSON and JANE MCLEOD are:
i. OLLIVE10 MAC TYSON, b. 18 Sep 1893; d. 24 Dec 1895.

More About OLLIVE MAC TYSON:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC

ii. INFANT SON TYSON, b. 30 Jun 1897; d. 29 Aug 1897.

More About INFANT SON TYSON:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC

iii. INFANT SON TYSON, b. 20 Nov 1914; d. 22 Nov 1914.

More About INFANT SON TYSON:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC

iv. J MAC "JOHN" TYSON, b. 23 Jan 1917; d. 30 May 1922.

More About J MAC "JOHN" TYSON:
Burial: Ephesus Baptist Church, White Hill, Lee Co., NC


198. JOHN WALKER9 TYSON (JOSEPH J.8, DUNCAN7, BENJAMIN6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 22 Jun 1857 in , Chatham, NC, and died 19 Aug 1911 in , Guilford, NC. He married (1) FRANCES J. "FANNIE" HARVEY. She was born 24 Jan 1861 in , , NC, and died 18 Nov 1900 in , Guilford, NC. He married (2) PEARL WATSON Abt. 1901 in , Guilford, NC. She was born 1879 in , , NC, and died 1935 in , Gui;ford, NC.

More About JOHN WALKER TYSON:
Burial: Lee's Chapel Methodist Church, Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC

More About FRANCES J. "FANNIE" HARVEY:
Burial: Lee's Chapel Methodist Church, Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC

More About PEARL WATSON:
Burial: Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Sanford, Lee, NC

Children of JOHN TYSON and FRANCES HARVEY are:
i. BESSIE LEE10 TYSON76, b. 04 Jun 1884, , Guiford, NC; d. 16 Dec 1915, , Guiford, NC; m. EDGAR NATHANIEL "ED" OZMENT, 18 Dec 1901, , Guilford, NC; b. 13 Dec 1882, , Guiford, NC; d. 15 Nov 1968, , Forsyth, NC.
ii. JULIUS GRAY TYSON, b. 01 Dec 1894, , Gui;ford, NC; d. May 1964, , , NC; m. ELINE.
iii. EMMA WALKER TYSON, b. Abt. 1897, , Gui;ford, NC; d. 1936, , Gui;ford, NC.
iv. FANNIE TYSON, b. Nov 1899, , Guiford, NC; d. May 1900, , Guiford, NC.

More About FANNIE TYSON:
Burial: Lee's Chapel Methodist Church, Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC


Children of JOHN TYSON and PEARL WATSON are:
v. HELEN S.10 TYSON, b. Aft. 1901; d. Unknown.
vi. PAUL H. TYSON, b. 11 Nov 1903, , Gui;ford, NC; d. 31 May 1989, Greensboro, Guiford, NC.
vii. SADIE V. TYSON, b. Aft. 1903; d. Unknown.
viii. JOHN TYSON, b. Aft. 1904.


199. LUCIEN PERSON9 TYSON (THOMAS BETHUNE8, JOHN7, THOMAS6, CORNELIUS5, THOMAS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 31 Dec 1842 in , Moore, NC, and died 1907 in Cathage, Moore, NC. He married (1) NANNIE E. MARSH. She was born in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC, and died 12 Dec 1868 in , Moore, NC. He married (2) ELIZA JANE "JAMIE" SMITH in , Moore, NC, daughter of WILLIAM SMITH and MARGARET TYSON. She was born 12 Jan 1843 in , Moore, NC, and died 1932 in , Moore, NC.

More About ELIZA JANE "JAMIE" SMITH:
Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery, Carthage, Moore Co., NC

Child of LUCIEN TYSON and NANNIE MARSH is:
i. THOMAS BETHUNE10 TYSON, b. 26 Dec 1866, , Moore, NC; d. 1936; m. (1) NANNIE MOSS PHILLIPS, 1889, , Moore, NC; b. , Moore, NC; d. 12 Feb 1897, , Moore, NC; m. (2) EVELYN BURWELL, 02 Oct 1901; b. Henderson, Vance, NC.


Children of LUCIEN TYSON and ELIZA SMITH are:
ii. RALPH L.10 TYSON76, b. 1872, , Moore, NC; d. 1923.
iii. CLAUDE TYSON, b. 17 Apr 1876; d. 04 Sep 1877.
iv. LUCINE PERSON TYSON, b. 07 May 1884, , Moore, NC; d. 29 Nov 1948.

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SUNDAY FUNNIES - THE VAULT OF HORROR

This horror comicbook of the 1950s is EC's THE VAULT OF HORROR. The story, STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT was drawn by Johnny Craig. So was the front cover.








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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Boogey & Woogeying on the Square



The concert on the Square last night was great. Not only was the music good old Oldies but also the cool breeze felt good. Who couldn’t dance to that?

The first scene is about two hours before the concert started. There sitting alone, with his wife not far away, is Coach Funderburk. Coach Funderburk taught me a course many years ago. Actually, I forgot what, I think it was some type of geography course. He also was my son Adam’s driver instructor years later. He said he remembered my face but not my name. I bet it is the other way around. He told me not long ago he and somebody else figured that he taught over 4000 young people through the years.

The second scene is a crowd of people in the roped off reserved rented table section. See the tall white haired man standing and talking to another man? That is Marietta’s Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin. See the mayor’s arms folded? I read someplace that folding one’s arms is a subconscious defense mechanism. You are protecting your innards when you are talking to someone you don’t know very well. However, in recent years Madmen have made it to mean, “I mean business!” I noticed another way men show that they “mean business” is to shave and wax their heads. Somehow I can’t see Mayor Thunder shaving off that pretty thick white mane just to show he means business.

The rest of the video is just a whole lot of boogey woogeying to the music of the fine oldies band Livin’ Large.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

This Date In History, August the 27th



Today’s date August the 27h produced some memorable people and events in the 20th Century; such as:

Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president was born in 1908. I looked for a picture of LBJ showing his operation scar but couldn’t find it. I hope the above will do.




In 1912 Edgar Rice Borroughs published TARZAN. Since then many little boys have fell out of trees breaking their bones while giving the Tarzan yell- or was that a scream of pain?




Pee-Wee Herman aka Paul Reubens was born in 1952. Not many people noticed him until he was arrested for fondling himself in a Florida movie house.







Last but not least is Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiul) was born in Yugoslavia in 1910. Tell me, if you could take the hand of one of these two religious figures to guide you to Heaven would you take Mother Teresa’s hand or Jerry Falwell's?

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Honor & Tattletales


A few days ago I had a post about Bubba Sutton and Brad Martin. They were both tall and both wrote books that were successful and were in the same yearbook picture. That deserved a blog post.

That led to a comment that led to another post, about Bubba leading a pro-Vietnam demonstration.

And all this reminded me Bubba in the 8th grade when we first met. Our first and only conversation was that Bubba came across me doing something against the school rules and he threatened to go tell the 8th grade principal, Mr. Bailey*, if I didn’t stop.

I stopped what I was doing but I was puzzled. That is was the second time I had a problem with a peer telling on me. I thought there was a unwritten code that peers just didn’t tell on each other; something like the “honor among thieves” code.

The other time I had a problem with a peer telling on me was that the peer actually told on me. It was two years before in Miss Miller’s 6th grade. At recess time a Duncan Yo-Yo man came on the campus of Waterman Street School and demonstrated all the neat tricks he could do with his sharp looking designer Duncan Yo-Yo.

On the outer fringe of the crowd of kids gathered around him a friend and I were more or less scuffing, pushing each other and and one of our shoves one of us knocked the crown inward towards the yo-yo man and disrupted his demonstration.

I was surprised at Kenneth for telling on me. I thought we were friends, and even if we were enemies boys just didn’t tell on each other. I kept my distance from him from then on. That was a dishonorable thing to do. I just couldn’t trust someone that dishonorable.

At the Bell Reunion last year I ran into Kenneth. He acted like nothing happened. He acted like he didn’t remember telling on me. Even though it was over 60 years ago, he should have remembered.

*Mr. Bailey’s ended in an auto wreck within a year or so. He was driving the wrong way on the I-75 Expressway, on the way to get his medicine. People that were close to him said they thought without his medicine he got things confused.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

GOBAGs Sing to Paul

Yesterday evening the GOBAGs threw Paul Roper a belated surprise birthday party. We all sung Happy Birthday to him and also some distorted Hank Williams' songs. It was all worth putting up with to get to dig a plastic fork into that delicious thick-icing birthday cake.

The chance to see Arnold naked was discussed, as you can overhear, in the below festivities. I think the party would have been a very memorable occasion that would be talked about and remembered for years to come if Arnold had jumped out of the birthday cake naked.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sad Doesn't Sell



I don't know if there are any statistics to back me up but I bet happy clowns get hired quicker than sad depressed clowns.

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Unfortunately, Gus Creed died this year.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

On This Date In History a King Was Born



On this date, August 22nd, 1754, Louis XVI Versailles, future King of France was born. Let us all eat birthday cake! His wife said we could!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Tyson Genealogy part 29

175. MOSES8 TYSON (SETH7, MOSES6, MOSES5, CORNELIUS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1)71 was born 10 Jan 1814 in , Pitt Co, NC, and died 18 Mar 1880 in , Pitt Co, NC. He married LOUISA JOYNER 28 Jan 1836 in , Pitt Co, NC, daughter of AMOS JOYNER and ELIZABETH TYSON. She was born 12 Sep 1812 in , Pitt Co, NC, and died 11 Jul 1882 in , Pitt Co, NC.

Child is listed above under (174) Louisa JOYNER.

176. REBECCA LEONA 'BECKY'8 TYSON (CORNELIUS7, CHARLES FORBES6, ABRAHAM5, CORNELIUS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 23 Apr 1846 in , Pitt, NC, and died 28 Jan 1931 in , Pitt, NC. She married JAMES BRYANT HARDEE 1865 in Greenville, Pitt, Ga, son of L. HARDEE and ELIZABETH GALLOWAY. He was born 29 Jun 1843 in , Pitt, NC, and died 21 May 1921 in , Pitt, NC.

Children of REBECCA TYSON and JAMES HARDEE are:
i. MARY ANN9 HARDEE, b. 01 Jun 1866, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 10 Aug 1946, Greenville, Pitt, NC; m. GEORGE WILLIAM STOKES, 18 Jan 1892, Chicod, Pitt, NC; b. Abt. 1865; d. Unknown.
ii. JAMES H. HARDEE, b. 11 Jun 1868, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 11 Jul 1941, Greenville, Pitt, NC.
iii. EMMA HARDEE, b. Oct 1870, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 02 Mar 1950, Greenville, Pitt, NC; m. JOHN B. GLADSEN, 29 Jan 1895, Greenville, Pitt, Ga; b. Bef. 1870; d. Unknown.
iv. CHARLES RICHARD 'TOBE' HARDEE, b. 07 Feb 1872, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 07 Jan 1946, Greenville, Pitt, NC; m. MARY VIRGINIA 'MAMIE' CHERRY, 10 Dec 1901; b. 16 Sep 1882, , Pitt, NC; d. 11 Jul 1964, , Pitt, NC.
v. HENRY BRYANT HARDEE, b. 22 Mar 1874, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 04 May 1961, Greenville, Pitt, NC; m. MAGGIE MILLS, 17 Jul 1904, Chicod, Pitt, NC; b. Abt. 1875; d. Unknown.
vi. ADELAIDE MAUDINE 'ADDIE' HARDEE, b. 23 Aug 1876, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 1969, Washington, Beauford, NC; m. JOSEPH BRYANT EDWARDS, 29 Mar 1896, , Pitt, NC; b. 28 Nov 1856; d. 06 Oct 1917, , Pitt, NC.
vii. WILLIAM OSCAR HARDEE, b. 22 Nov 1878, Greenville, Pitt, NC; d. 06 Sep 1950, , Pitt, NC; m. THELMA JEAN EDWARDS; b. Abt. 1880; d. Unknown.


177. ADELAIDE 'ADDIE'8 TYSON (CORNELIUS7, CHARLES FORBES6, ABRAHAM5, CORNELIUS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 03 Apr 1855 in , Pitt, NC, and died 03 Feb 1941 in , Pitt, NC. She married WILLIAM JAMES SERMANS 21 Dec 1876 in , Pitt, NC, son of MATTHEW SERMONS and EMANIZA WILLOUGHBY. He was born 15 Aug 1853 in Atlanta, Fulton, Ga, and died 19 May 1931 in , Pitt, NC.

Children of ADELAIDE TYSON and WILLIAM SERMANS are:
i. LILLIAN RUTH9 SERMANS, b. Aft. 1876; d. Unknown; m. MARVIN LINWOOD KITTRELL; b. 01 May 1897; d. 06 Feb 1978.
ii. LOVIE SERMANS, b. 07 Sep 1878, , Pitt, NC; d. 14 Jul 1955, , Pitt, NC; m. EDWARD SAVAGE; b. 25 Jul 1875; d. 16 Feb 1978.
iii. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS 'WILL' SERMANS, b. 28 May 1880, , Pitt, NC; d. 19 Nov 1936; m. AMANDA 'COOVIE' ALLEN; b. 01 Sep 1885; d. 06 Oct 1977.
iv. LUCY SERMANS, b. 08 Feb 1882, , Pitt, NC; d. 01 Jul 1960; m. GUILFORD 'GIL' MCGOWAN; b. Bef. 1882; d. Unknown.
319. v. MATTHEW CORNELIUS SERMANS, b. 11 Jan 1884, , Pitt, NC; d. 13 Nov 1960.
vi. ELIZABETH 'BESSIE' SERMANS, b. 01 Mar 1886, , Pitt, NC; d. 12 Mar 1973; m. JESSE E. JACKSON; b. 18 Jun 1884; d. 25 Jul 1925.
vii. EFFIE HENRIETTA SERMANS, b. 26 May 1888, , Pitt, NC; d. 29 Sep 1962; m. HERBER THOMAS SAVAGE; b. 29 Jun 1887; d. 25 Jun 1972.
viii. MARY REBECCA SERMANS, b. 27 Aug 1891, , Pitt, NC; d. 29 Jan 1977; m. CHARLES KINCHEN TAYLOR; b. 13 Aug 1884; d. 27 May 1944.
ix. EVA MAGDALENE SERMANS, b. 11 Oct 1893, , Pitt, NC; d. 12 Sep 1975; m. CLAUDET FLEMING; b. Abt. 1890; d. Unknown.
x. AGNES CORINNE SERMANS, b. 19 Apr 1897, , Pitt, NC; d. 21 Mar 1929; m. JOSEPH E. JOYNER; b. 13 May 1894; d. 08 Apr 1971.


178. MARY8 TYSON (LEMUEL7, ALLEN6, ABRAHAM5, CORNELIUS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1832 in , Pitt, NC, and died 18 Jun 1890 in Grifton, Pitt, NC. She married JOSHUA TUCKER 1850 in , Pitt, NC, son of BENJAMIN TUCKER and CLARA EWELL. He was born 1829 in , Pitt, NC, and died Unknown.

Children of MARY TYSON and JOSHUA TUCKER are:
i. ALICE ELIZA9 TUCKER, b. 1851, , Pitt, NC; d. 14 Dec 1938, Chicod, Pitt, NC; m. EDWARD LAWRENCE GALLOWAY; b. Abt. 1850; d. Unknown.
ii. WILLIAM TUCKER, b. 1854, , Pitt, NC; d. Unknown.


179. SHERROD8 TYSON (LEMUEL7, ALLEN6, ABRAHAM5, CORNELIUS4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 07 Jul 1835 in , Pitt, NC, and died 16 Nov 1893. He married EMILY A. WILLIAMS 06 Nov 1862, daughter of JAMES WILLIAMS and CLARA VINES. She was born 15 Mar 1846, and died 09 Apr 1929.

Notes for SHERROD TYSON:
After the Civil War Sherrod and his wife lived on their farm, adjoining that of William F. Carroll, near Cox's Mill (now Cox Crossing) south of Greenville. The family graveyard still remains.-Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.

More About SHERROD TYSON:
Military service: Civil War

Child of SHERROD TYSON and EMILY WILLIAMS is:
320. i. WILLIAM EDWARD9 TYSON, b. 15 Oct 1863; d. 22 Jan 1932.


180. SETH HAWKINS8 TYSON, JR. (SETH HAWKINS7, ICHABOD6, AARON5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1837, and died Unknown. He married FANNIE. She was born 1844, and died Unknown.

Children of SETH TYSON and FANNIE are:
i. SAMUEL WILLARD9 TYSON, b. 1868, , Wilson, NC; d. Unknown.
ii. SETH HAWKINS TYSON III, b. 1869, , Wilson, NC; d. Unknown; m. JANE NEWELL, 1894; b. May 1870; d. Unknown.
iii. JANET FRANCES TYSON, b. 1871, , Wilson, NC; d. Unknown; m. JOHN ROBERT KENNEDY; b. Bef. 1871; d. Unknown.


181. BENJAMIN HAWKINS8 TYSON (BENJAMIN7, ICHABOD6, AARON5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 27 Nov 1844 in , Pitt, NC, and died 02 Apr 1932 in , Wayne, NC. He married VIRGINIA BRYAN KENNEDY 19 Nov 1873 in , , NC. She was born Aft. 1844, and died Unknown.

Child of BENJAMIN TYSON and VIRGINIA KENNEDY is:
i. VIRGINIA KENNEDY9 TYSON, b. Aft. 1873; d. Unknown; m. EDGAR COOPER PERSON, 20 Dec 1905, Richmond Herico, Va; b. 13 Dec 1880, , Wayne, NC; d. Unknown.


182. JASON8 TYSON, SR (AARON7, MOSES6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1)72 was born 14 Jan 1824 in , Bladen Co, NC, and died 20 Sep 1901 in Santa Anna, Coleman Co, Tx. He married EDNA WALDING 21 Nov 1847 in , Dale Co, Al, daughter of JOHN WALDING and ANNA. She was born 29 Apr 1827 in , Dale Co, Al, and died 06 Nov 1896 in , , Ar.

Notes for JASON TYSON, SR:
Jason Tyson Sr., lived in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama before moving to Arkansas.
He and Edney was the parents of seven children, o fwhom Marion, John, and Jason, Jr., lived in Coleman County for a time. The family moved from Alabama to Arkansas in 1860 just before the War between the States and Jason, Sr., served in the Confederate Army until he was wounded and discharged. He was a teacher, postmaster, farmer, and Justice of the Peace; also he was an active Mason and he and wife were members of the Christian Church.
- TYSON GENEALOGY NETWORK, Vol 10, No 2, June 2005, p18.
"Jason Tyson, writer of this history, married Edna Walding and went to Pike County, Alabama, to live. Four children were for there. They were Annie, cicero, Randolph, and Marion. In 1860, I moved to Columbia County, Arkansas, and there three children were born who were John, Mary, and Jason, Jr. In the fall of 1881 my wife and I went to the home of our son Marion in Santa Anna, Texas, and returned to our home in Arkansas in 1893. My wife died as a result of a fall at our home in Arkansas Nover 8, 1896, nearly 70". - TYSON GENEALOGY NETWORK, Vol 10, No 2, June 2005, p19.
He was buried Masonically.


More About JASON TYSON, SR:
Burial: Santa Anna Cemetery, Santa Anna, Coleman Co, Tx
Cause of Death: result of a fall he received the preceeding year

Children of JASON TYSON and EDNA WALDING are:
i. ANNIE9 TYSON, b. Aft. 1847, , Pike Co, Al.
321. ii. CICERO TYSON, b. 07 Mar 1851, , Pike Co, Al; d. 11 Jan 1895.
322. iii. RANDOLPH TYSON, b. Mar 1855, , Pike Co, Al; d. 20 Jan 1940.
323. iv. MARION TYSON, b. 20 May 1857, , Pike Co, Al; d. 06 Aug 1936, , , Ca.
324. v. JOHN TYSON, DR, b. 05 Jun 1861, , Columbia Co, Ar; d. 15 Jun 1937, Cross Plains, Callahan Co, Tx.
325. vi. MARY TYSON, b. Aft. 1851, , Columbia Co, Ar.
326. vii. JASON TYSON, JR, DR, b. 16 Jul 1867, , Columbia Co, Ar; d. 13 May 1937.


183. CHARITY8 TYSON (AARON7, MOSES6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 17 Feb 1827, and died 27 Jan 1883. She married MALCOLM J. CARROLL. He was born 20 Jan 1821 in , , NC, and died 05 Jan 1865 in Camp Chase, , Oh.

Children of CHARITY TYSON and MALCOLM CARROLL are:
i. MARTHA E.9 CARROLL73, b. 29 Nov 1853, , , Al.
ii. JOHN F. CARROLL, b. 02 Feb 1855, , , Al.
iii. WILLIS W. CARROLL, b. 25 Apr 1856, , , Al.
iv. SHADRAC J. CARROLL, b. 17 Nov 1857, , , Al.
v. JUDSON C. CARROLL, b. 25 Mar 1860, , , Al.
vi. MARY JOANAH CARROLL, b. 21 Mar 1862, , , Al; d. 09 Feb 1865.

More About MARY JOANAH CARROLL:
Cause of Death: Diphtheria

327. vii. MALCOLM JAMES CARROLL, b. 29 Feb 1864, Troy, Pike Co, Al; d. 30 Oct 1932, Lockesburg, Sevier Co, Ar.


184. MARY8 TYSON (AARON7, MOSES6, MOSES5, EDMOND4, MATHIAS3, JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1827, and died Unknown. She married CALVIN WALDING in , Pike Co, Al.

Marriage Notes for MARY TYSON and CALVIN WALDING:
"Family Memories", as begun by Jason Tyson, Sr, and dated January 1, 1898:
"Calvin Walding married Mary Tuyson in Pike County, Al, and moved to Dale County, Al., and raised their children there. Of their children Moses, Jeff, James, and Malcomb remained in Alabama. Frank, Marion, and Annie went to Shelby County, Texas with their father and mother.
Tyson Network, Vol 10, No 2, June 2005, p20.

Children of MARY TYSON and CALVIN WALDING are:
i. MOSES9 WALDING74, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for MOSES WALDING:
Remained in Alabama.

ii. JEFF WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for JEFF WALDING:
Remained in Alabama.

iii. JAMES WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for JAMES WALDING:
Remained in Alabama.

iv. MALCOMB WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for MALCOMB WALDING:
Remained in Alabama.

v. FRANK WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for FRANK WALDING:
Went to Shelby Co., Tx, with their father and mother.

vi. MARION WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown.

Notes for MARION WALDING:
Went to Shelby Co., Tx, with their father and mother.

vii. ANNIE WALDING, b. Aft. 1847, , , Al; d. Unknown; m. A PAXTON.

Notes for ANNIE WALDING:
Went to Shelby Co., Tx, with their father and mother.

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SUNDAY FUNNIES - FAT FREDDY'S CAT

FAT FREDDY, who owns FAT FREDDY'S CAT is another creation of Gilbert Shelton. Fat Freddy is one of the trio in THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bubba and Vietnam

After I put on the blog post about Bubba and Brad my friend Paul Roper called and said Bubba one time, when a lot of people were protesting the Vietnam War, Bubba a pro-Vietnam movement.

I don't remember that. Either I forgot or just failed to look at the news that day. Click the below link for the TIME magazine article.

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Two Tall Students' Destiny



I was scanning pictures from the 1959 OLYLMPIAN, Marietta High School’s yearbook, when I came across the above picture. It is a picture of the Y – Council. There is an odd coincidence or synchronicity that may go unnoticed unless I get some attention here.

Look at the two tallest boys on the back roll. The one on the left is Remer “Bubba” Sutton and the one on the right is Brad Martin.

They are both authors of non-fiction books that sold well. Bubba has written at least two books – one on physical fitness and the other one on how to not get taken when buying a car from a car dealer. Brad has written an in- depth book about the Kim Dynasty of North Korea.

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Oops! The above picture, bottom one on the right side - it looks like somebody is about to tumble down in the boondocks.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Yesterday's Day in History, Groucho Marx's Death





Julius “Groucho” Marx (Oct 2, 1890 – Aug 19, 1977) died on yesterday’s date, August the 19th, 1977, at age 86.

Groucho was the ring leader of the comedy team “The Marx Brothers”. I used to love to watch them because their humor was anarchistically* funny. If somebody appeared to command respect the Marx Brothers gave him ridicule. They turned the most formal respected occasions into babbling snafus.

Groucho was known for his rapid-fire delivery of whimsical innuendos while walking off his nervous energy bent over and smoking his cigar.

In his later year he was the emcee of the quiz show YOU BET YOUR LIFE where he got to exercise his sharp quit wit. He is still quoted on one wise-crack he made to a couple that had many children, "I like my cigar too, but I know when to take it out."

*I made that word up.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Where Were They When I Needed Them?


Memo outlined APS cheating response, strategy for Hall
By Alan Judd
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The region’s business leaders and Atlanta’s school superintendent together orchestrated the district’s investigation into alleged cheating on a state-mandated standardized test, a recently obtained memorandum indicates.
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall discussed the district's cheating scandal on Tuesday.

Sam Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, distributed the memo by e-mail on Feb. 26, outlining the steps the school district would take to respond to an emerging scandal about possible cheating on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT. He wrote the memo about two weeks after the state released the findings of an audit that suggested possible cheating in 58 Atlanta schools. Questions also were being raised about Hall’s response to the scandal.

-Above from the AJCONLINE.COM yesterday.

Apparently, the Atlanta School administration was more concerned with statistics and the reflection on them than the actual facts.

What I want to know is where were all these teachers and principals when I was struggling with my grades, having to go to summer school and having to study like the dickens my last week in high school, doing a whole years work in one week? It just isn’t fair!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waiting in the Waiting Room


I spent another four hours in a Kennestone Hospital waiting room.

Again, I fell through the cracks. Other people came, sat for about one or two hours and got a call or met with their loved one’s doctor and moved on. Not me. I stayed on and on.

There were two ladies at the desk. The procedure was to sit and wait. A doctor would come in or call and one of the two ladies would announce the name and the family of the name would come forward and either talk to the doctor or talk to him on the telephone, or maybe for more serious cases, there one two small rooms to the side to give them privacy. If you are a regular reader of my blog you might recall this was the same room that a younger man bounded out of the room, saying, “SHE DIED! SHE’S DEAD!!” And the whole family went to pieces running up and down the hospital halls screaming “SHE DIED!!”

But that was months ago. This day was more sedate.

The lady at the desk called out, “The Lord’s Family? Will the Lord’s Family please come up?!”

An elderly man with a very deep voice, “I hope we all are.”

I noticed one man brought his laptop. He did some computer work then called a client and told him he has a better insurance deal, he only has to pay $488 extra annually. Have you ever had an insurance agent call you and say he found out a way to save you money that you would actually pay less?

That same man, his sister, and a couple more loved ones of a patient, were sitting and a doctor came in to tell them how the operation went that he just completed. The good news is that she did great. The doctor said a few clever remarks about the procedure that cracked them up laughing. On a roll, he told them while they had her opened another assisting doctor told him he would be she wasn’t Jewish. I heard the word ovary mentioned. I didn’t hear the punch line but it cracked them up again. The doctor walked out laughing at his own antics the lady of the group suddenly quit laughing and said, “They were standing there openly laughing about her ovaries while she was knocked out?” Everybody quit laughing and got quite.

One lady about age 50 came in. She had on tight-ass jeans and a leopard skin blouse and matching boots. I think I have seen her in this same waiting room the last time I spent several hours here. Either that, or she has the exact same style (hair dyed black) as another woman. There might be more.

I overheard a man in a wheel chair tell that one time in 1988 he was watching a live lung operation on TV; he named the city and what university it was being broadcast from. When the patient’s chest was opened up it showed his lungs were black. They looked horrible. The patient was a pack a day man. The man in the wheelchair said he was too. When he was watching that on TV he was smoking a Pell Mell cigarette. He put his cigarette out and hasn’t had one since.
Then he had a coughing spasm and his wife wheeled him over to give somebody room to walk by.

The cigarettes quitting got me talking to a lady next to me. For some reason she told me her mother, who died about ten years ago chewed Red Man Chewing Tobacco and another brand of snuff. I asked had she ever looked into a spittoon.

She said, “Eeeuuuuwwww….. yes! How nasty!”

I said it was nice we didn’t see spittoons anymore, times are changing. She agreed.

I told her at a bluegrass concert a year or so ago I saw an old geezer chewing a plug of tobacco and just didn’t look normal. She asked me where did I go to the concert and I said I didn’t remember, but named off several possibilities. She started asking me if I heard of some gospel singing groups. I never heard of any.

A big curly hair blond middle age lady sitting close joined in and told us she and her family are gospel singers and they lived in Cartersville where they mostly entertain but they have been to Florida, Murphy, NC, and Alabama signing. Now they have a 12 year old singer that really knows how to sing to a new beat and get down and people go ape over him. He is thinking of going into the ministry.

She was dressed in black and also had clothes like Elvis might have worn and on her pocket book in little glittering sparkles that spelled ELVIS. She said she was observing the anniversary of Elvis's death.Then someone overheard us and started talking about the top gospel singers of the north Georgia Mountains and western North Carolina. Someone else started naming groups they have heard, which triggered somebody else talking about what gospel singers they are fans of. I think over half people in the room were talking about their connection with gospel music. I looked around for the man with the deep voice who said he hoped everybody there were in the Lord’s Family – I bet he was a gospel singer too. I didn’t see him. He was missing something.

It is one of the few times lately that I have sat in a large room that everybody had Georgian accents. And it is the first time ever almost everybody there had some sort of relation to gospel music and they were all coming forth telling about it.
What did I just start?

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Good Book! not THE GOOD BOOK, but good!


I wrote a review on the book UNDER THE LOVING CARE OF THE FATHERLY LEADER, NORTH KOREA AND THE KIM DYNASTY by my old classmate Brad Martin. The review is one of 23 reviews for AMAZON.COM. Now to get some more mileage out of it, here it is here too.
The truth be known, I doubt if I would have read the book if it wasn’t written by my old teenage friend. But again, I may have. I’m taking a more interest in Korea lately, since my son’s mother-in-law is Korean, being born and brought up in Seoul.

Regardless of why I read the book, what I said below I mean. It is a good read!

I thought UNDER THE LOVING CARE OF THE FATHERLY LEADER, NORTH KOREA AND THE KIM DYNASTY was an excellent book. It is a good size book and full of detailed facts, some which Bradley Martin observed and some from extensive research. It was very educational. The book also shows Martin's excellent wit.

The book tells all about how Kim Il-sung fought grew up and became a rebel fighter against the powers and how he became the power. He magically enhanced the masses to believe in him and his wisdom, which he became a deity to them. Not that he didn't have a little down to earth human in him also (psst! He preferred newly teened girls).

Then, along came his son Kim Jong-il who loved movies and even tried his hand in making a few. Kim Jong-il was a spoiled brat in his formative years and became an eccentric recluse, which I think goes with the job description as being leader of North Korea.

Another apparent duty of the highest office for father and son is to trust no one. If someone disagrees with you or to tell the heavenly leader facts he doesn’t want to the best thing to do for that person is to have him reeducated and inspired at a center specially designed for such education. Many people have defected to avoid being reeducated.... it must be a "tough-love" type of education.

I really enjoyed the book. I feel I know a little more about Korea as a whole.

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