Monday, February 6, 2012

Uncle Gaylord’s: Even the ghosts have finally fled the building

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I have written about the passing of both Gaylord Willis and his restaurant, which lingered on for some time after his death. Uncle Gaylord’s was one of the “must-eat” locations for many of us here in Fayetteville.

They had a club sandwich that was so good that, while you may not have been willing to die for it, you certainly would have been willing to steal it off a stranger’s plate when they weren’t looking.

I pass by the building that used to be Gaylord’s several times a week, but Friday morning I finally got the hankering to go up and look in the windows of the closed establishment, something I hadn’t done since discovering that they were closed for the final time.

Like an ancient tomb which has been ransacked by thieves, nothing remains to remind us of once-what-was.

The tables, counters and shelves have all been removed, and the walls dividing the rooms have all been stripped away, the remaining walls themselves down to what looks like their cold sheet rock. It is just a dry husk of a building, ready to be turned into whatever the new tenant may wish it to be.

A restaurant?

A law office?

A mini-mall?

Before Gaylord opened his restaurant the building housed a hardware store - Acme (the very image of a cartoon store) was the name, I believe.

Or perhaps the building will simply lie fallow, a reminder of the stark times that we live in.

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On the Air: Stop Arkansas Fracking

Sam Lane, the director of Stop Arkansas Fracking, will be the guest on my show this week. And hey, you can watch it online if you want to.

Stop Arkansas Fracking is urging a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Arkansas until all state and federal agencies do proper extensive environmental and human impact studies. Many communities and even states across the United States have set down temporary or even permanent moratoriums on fracking, which many feel is dangerous to both the environment and human health.

Since the next legislative session is not until March of 2013, it is left up to it is up to the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission to develop regulations for the industry.

Those desiring more information about fracking can go the website of Stop Arkansas Fracking:

http://www.stoparkansasfracking.org/

Show days and times:

Monday - 6am/6pm
Wednesday - 6am/6pm
Friday - 6am/6pm

Fayetteville Public Access Television is shown on Channel 218 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville, and on Channel 99 of AT&T’s U-Verse, which reaches viewers from Bella Vista to Fort Smith.

Fayetteville Public Access TV can also be seen on line at: http://www.livestream.com/fayettevillepublicaccesstv

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