Garrison Keillor, Goodbye
Garrison Keillor has been a fixture on Public Radio for almost 50 years and became an iconic figure in radio broadcasting. He started the show called A Prairie Home Companion in 1971 and I started listening on a somewhat regular basis in about 1972 after we moved back out to Sandy Point. We had a TV antenna on a mast with a rotor to turn it and got a few channels back then but nothing like the number of channels we get now. On Saturday evenings when we were home there was not much on TV anyway at that time of day so I would listen to his show. I have his book about Lake Wobegon around somewhere, too.
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The Sandy Point Bigfoot
It is not likely you have seen Bigfoot. Now, many of you will not admit to ever having seen the show Finding Bigfoot. A lot of us have our secrets and don’t readily admit to indulging in certain activities or vices. The hidden M&M’s, the magazine hidden in the book case, or the Jack Daniels stuck behind the tool box in the workshop are secrets and they will remain so. When you are scrolling through the TV listings and someone says, “What are you looking for?” you have your response ready: “Nothing special. Just seeing what is on”.
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Things can get confusing at times. You may have noticed that, I’m sure. Take for example, the Georgia License Plates and other State items where the State nickname is shown: The Peach State. And, yes, that is referred to as the State’s nickname. When I voted the other day they gave me a little sticker to put on my shirt to let everyone know I was a “Peach State” voter. I actually was a little embarrassed to let anyone know I voted for any of the riff- raft we have so I did not put it on.
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I can’t remember the first time I ever heard of the Oscars. They started in 1927 as a low key award ceremony. They were on TV for the first time in 1953 which coincided with startup of the first TV stations in Macon. One is now the fourth oldest TV station in the State, WMAZ Channel 13 and the other was WNEX Channel 47 which opened a few days before Channel 13 and shut down in 1955. WMAZ’s affiliation with CBS was a major difference and being VHF was the other. Their range was incredible.
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Every once in a while you encounter someone that is just plain nice and trying so hard to do their job as well as it can be done that it can be startling. The Chic Fil A up the street does a ton of business and they really train their people well. Maybe too well, because you know what they are going to say before they say it. “My pleasure” is their favorite group way of saying “you are welcome”. But they want to come across as nice and I never have to check the sack before driving away.
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