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Re: “A Q&A with Andrew Morgan

"I mean house/techno/whatever's been around now for nearly 40 years. Would love to hear some Arkansas gems if they're out there."

One would definitely hope so, considering the seminal influence of the Electrifying Mojo -- i.e. Little Rock product Charles Johnson -- on the Detroit scene.

Posted by arktrav on 11/13/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Maya Angelou, a writer influenced by Arkansas roots, dies at 86

As outlier might recall, I grew up in Stamps. I'm 32 years younger than Maya Angelou was, but when I was in high school her grandmother was still operating the store in which so much of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings occurs. The summer after my 9th-grade year, I & the guy (he was black & so lived in that part of town) I worked with as part of a school-based jobs program for poor kids (socialism!) made several stops there for cokes & such before & after doing maintenance-type work at the former black school about 3 blocks away. (She was killed with a hammer a few years later during a robbery by the younger brother of another one of the guys we worked with that summer.)

I hadn't read Caged Bird at that time (& didn't until, as I recall, my first year in Little Rock as a reporter for the Democrat, 8 years after graduating from what was then Stamps High), so didn't quite grasp the significance of where I was at & who was running the store. *sigh*

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Posted by arktrav on 06/01/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Former Garland County deputy pleads in prostitution case

Does he also go by Neil Funkadelic?

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Posted by arktrav on 07/29/2013 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Income inequality: Obama sees it as an issue

>>Henry Ford knew his people needed to earn a living wage to buy his cars.

The last couple of Depression-centric books I've read suggest that Henry Ford was at least as callous toward ordinary working people as our garden-variety Koch fiends are today, sad to day.

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Posted by arktrav on 07/28/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Arkansas Times introduces digital membership

Well, hell. Sorry to hear it. I know times are tough all over, particularly in the publication biz (I spent nearly 20 years in newspapers, mostly in LR, & am now an online editor for a nonprofit, which also puts out a quarterly magazine, the print run & mailing of which we've recently cut by something like 90 percent to cut costs), but a paltry-seeming $10 a month just doesn't grow on trees for those of my socioeconomic ilk.

Other than old friends' Facebook posts & the very occasional email, this blog has been my only way of keeping up with developments back home (I'm in Montgomery, around 500 miles away) ... but apparently I'll have to pull the plug. It's not like I'll ever move back, anyway (would if I could [assuming I'm ever able to build up more scar tissue around certain bitter memories], but the only way that would happen is if I win the nonexistent Alabama lottery).


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Posted by arktrav on 07/28/2013 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Hot Springs college teacher files papers to run for 4th District Congress

Cato & plainjim -- Back when I was a grad student in history, some 30 years ago, "Public History" was an approach whereby students in history were trained in skills that might actually make them employable in capacities other than education or research (or, let's face it, working the counter at a convenience store). Arizona State, where I went, offered at least two such specialties -- in editing and publishing procedures (which is why I went there in the first place) and in museum curation.

Whether that's what Ms. Percefull is referring to, I of course have no idea.

PS -- Aaaaand I see eLwood has already covered the subject. Apparently, my editing & publishing procedures courses didn't do a whole lot for my powers of observation.

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Posted by arktrav on 07/22/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Oscar night at Clinton Library: Family honors designer de la Renta

Uh ... cbb, that probably applies to a large number of people on both the left (me very much included) & right, y'know. Disdain by Volvo liberals (not saying you're one, but that sentiment very much smacks of the species) isn't a pretty thing.

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Posted by arktrav on 07/09/2013 at 8:17 AM

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