When Road Maps Folded

I’m not sure exactly when the road map met its demise, but I do remember cleaning out the last of them that I owned and used from a glove box in a car I was preparing to pass on to someone else. It was a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sport Coupe.

Before you think this was decades ago, I drove that car up until the mid-2000s, and then passed it along to one of our kids. He drove it for years after ...

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Anchors Away

 

Charles Kuralt never fit the mold of a TV correspondent. He wasn’t good looking. Far from it.

He was balding, overweight, and wore suits that looked as if they’d just arrived off the rack from JC Penney. But, you trusted what he said. And he could tell the whole story, a positive story, in just a couple of minutes.

Kuralt’s “On The Road” segments, which began in 1967 on the CBS Evening News, were a nice respite from the tumultuous 60s, Watergate, ...

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Grandparents Were Great

I was fortunate to have known all four of my grandparents. Many of my friends never knew any of theirs.

Some of my friends’ grandfathers had been killed in World War II, while other grandparents had died during a flu pandemic, childbirth, or had passed away of old age before my friends were born.

But, what was truly a blessing for me was that I also knew many of my great grandparents. Six of the eight were still alive when I was ...

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Someone’s At The Door

 

Today, a door-to-door salesman likely wouldn’t have much luck making a living. But, when I was a kid, a knock at the door by a stranger wasn’t something you feared, it was a new adventure.

In the 1960s, my family didn’t have a telephone. We also only had one car, which meant that while my dad was at work we were at home with no means of communicating with the outside world or going anywhere. That is, unless we walked somewhere ...

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They Weren’t From Alabama

The original incarnation of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was on the national scene for only four years.

Let that sink in.

There are bands that have toiled for decades and never enjoyed the success that Skynyrd has.

The group that gave us “Sweet Home Alabama,” a song that’s still played often on the radio 45 years after it debuted and is one of the most downloaded songs in popular music, gained a national presence beginning in 1973.

Their rise to fame was ...

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Who’ll Stop The Rain?

Back in 2011, it didn’t rain. It didn’t rain for a long, long time. It didn’t rain for so long that fires began to pop up where I live.

One of them popped up near where our oldest son lived, which also wasn’t very far from where we live.

It reminded me of the extremely delicate balance that’s required for all of us to live what we consider a ‘normal’ life. Our normal life was upended and replaced by fear.

I prayed that ...

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“Who New?” Podcast 1 with John Moore – Actor Advait Ghuge

“Who New?” is a podcast featuring regular people.

During my 25 years in broadcasting, I learned that quite often, the average people I met had more interesting life stories than the celebrities I interviewed.

That’s the idea behind this podcast. I’ll carry my recording gear around with me, and if I meet someone interesting, I’ll ask them to do a podcast. If they agree, you’ll hear it here.

Not to say someone famous won’t appear here, but my goal is to highlight individuals ...

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Everything’s Going To Pot – Podcast Included

I’m fairly certain that I’m the only guy on my street who got an Instant Pot for Christmas.

At least the only guy who got a Pioneer Woman Instant Pot. With flowers painted on it. Really flowery flowers.

Now, before you assume that when Santa dropped it off, he also picked up my Man Card, let me explain.

I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets. And, the Pioneer Woman ran a small bit about my momma’s cast iron skillet in her magazine last ...

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