Hello again from the “Land of Logan”, my home and the place I love. I have a lot to share this week so bare with me. I will try to get it out.
Mickey Rooney died last week. Many of you will recall his very long career. His parents were entertainers and he burst upon the stage at about two years of age and was still there in his early 90s. I remember him in the Hardy Boy series, his pictures with so many different female stars, his many marriages, his many children, his many headlines and on and on. He was a unique person who could sing, dance, act and had a great personality. Some 25 years ago my family saw Mickey Rooney on the stage in New York City. He was appearing with Anne Miller a famous actrist and dancer as well. They were appearing in a hit musical called Sugar Babies. Golly, I thought he was too old to do what he did in that show. Did he and Anne Miller surprise me. They out sung, out danced and out acted actors half their ages. Mickey will be missed by many.
Two weeks ago I mentioned how much there is to do in Logan County. I said I would name a sight or event to attend for every week in the year. My first site was the Shaker farm on the east side of Auburn. Last week was the car show in Adairville. This week is the Blue Grass Festival in Auburn and the Strawberry Festival in Adairville. By the end of 2014 you are going to be surprised with all there is to do right here in your own county.
Several readers have told me they like the flash backs to 50 years ago so here goes. 50 years ago or this week in 1964 the Beatles held all five top spots in the top 100 on Bill Board. #1 was Can’t Buy Me Love, #2 was Twist & Shout, #3 was She Loves You, #4 was I want To Hold Your Hand and #5 was Please Please Me. This is the only time in history that one artist or group has held all top five spots on the top 100. Hank Williams had three songs in the top 10 in the early 50s.
50 years ago the movie that won the Academy Awards for Best Movie was My Fair Lady. Khrushchev was deposed in Russia. Three civil rights workers were killed in Mississippi. The famous Warren Report came out on the Kennedy assassination. The cost of a first class stamp was 5 cents.
Call the city hall in Auburn for more information on the annual Blue Grass Festival. They usually have good talent and lots of fun. It is set for Friday and Saturday.
The annual Strawberry festival in Adairville is one of the longest running festivals in the state. There is lots of top quality free entertainment in the park on the town square. Lots of good food, a wonderful art exhibit of “Grand Ma Brewer”, lots of food booths and the famous Casey Rides. There promises to be lots of good rides again this year for kids of all ages. (I want be one of them. I will watch.) The events in Adairville are very safe and everything is very clean. It is a great event that the entire family can come and enjoy. It all starts this Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and Saturday. Saturday is the re-inactment of the annual Jackson/Dickenson Duel followed by the annual parade. There should be lots of Strawberries for sale and great Strawberry Short Cakes. I will have a booth there so stop buy and say hello! Be sure and cheer for Adairville’s own Marshal Kemp, retiring county supt. of schools, who is being honored as the Grand Marshal of the Strawberry Festival Parade this year.
With A Smile Years ago when President Reagan was in office I went to England as a guest judge for several dog shows. After the judging I visited a number of friends in several different parts of the country. This was when Reagan ordered the military to bomb Libya in retaliation for the terrorism that country’s crazy dictator had masterminded. In fact Reagan ordered President Momar Godafy’s actual home bombed. People all over the world and particularly in England where I was, thought that Libya would retaliate against the U.S.A. immediately.
It was time for me to return home, but, as I soon found out, people who were planning to fly out of England were canceling their flights right and left. In fact people were so sure of retaliation that there was better than a 98% cancelation of flights to the U.S.A. What to do?
I decided to come home if the flight was flying. I was booked on a 747 plane that carried up to 500 passengers. As it turned out there were only three passengers and a crew of over 50. I never had such good care and attention. I saw three first run movies, had too much food and six flight attendants to wait on me. The captain also came back to visit several times.
Not until I landed at the airport in New York City did I discover that the U.S Ambassador to Libya was on the flight and one of Ronald Reagan’s cousins. I was the third passenger. We also had been accompanied all the way with two U.S fighter planes. No freight had been allowed on the flight. Only the bags of the 50 crew and three passengers was allowed on. I was actually safer than I had thought.
TIME TO GO Good night to Bro. Bill Cowan, and your sweet wife, the ladies at the Lewisberg City Hall, the Mayor of Spa, Don Neagle & wife & our retiring County Superintendant of Schools.