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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gaylord Willis

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 10:31 AM

A good piece by Ron Wood in the Morning News about Gaylord Willis yesterday. I was sorry to read about his death. I guess just about everyone who encountered him has a few “Gaylord” stories. I have two.

Gaylord #1

When I was editor of the Ozark Gazette, we used to have monthly Saturday morning breakfast meetings at Gaylord’s, open to staff, contributors and supporters of the OG. They were free-wheeling sessions, in which a thousand and one subjects might be discussed.

Now,  the OG staff was probably the most liberal - not to mention the most labor-oriented - group of folks in Northwest Arkansas, outside of a labor union. On one occasion, though, not everyone remembered to leave a tip; I guess they thought that I was taking care of it.

The next time I came in, Gaylord gave me all kinds of hell for their forgetfulness. From then on, I made sure that everyone left a tip.

Gaylord #2

Way too many books in my collection have come from Uncle Gaylord’s - especially when there would be a stack of books out front, on the table by the entrance. Invariably, he would stop me before I left and say, “You would like this. It’s a hell of a good book.”

Well, who could resist that? I almost never left without a book - or two - or three . . .

******

John Edwards: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda . . .

I would have voted for John Edwards for President, gladly - though I didn’t vote for him in the primary. Even though he suffered from the hubris that so many in public life seem to suffer from, I believe he does honestly care about the issues of poverty and class struggles in America - more than any of the other candidates in this years’s batch. Still,:

What the hell was he thinking? Did he actually think that no one would find out?

I’m not sure if as charismatic a politician will be coming down the pike any time soon who can speak so dramatically - and persuasively  - about the lives of people who have been forgotten in America.

To echo the words of Cliff Robertson in “Three Days of the Condor”:

You poor dumb son of a bitch. You done more damage than you know . . .

******

Still, isn’t this guy old news?

Russians in Georgia!

Health care in Crisis - look under “Ongoing story”

Afghanistan worse than Iraq!

Recession looming behind us - as in “Objects in rearview mirror may be larger than they appear”

And what do the talking heads seem to give way too much  of their time to?

Yup - John Edwards

It isn’t the American people who have short attention-spans; it’s the talking heads on basic cable.

****

Quote of the Day

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. - John Wooden

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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