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Clinton's childhood recalled by Hope native
ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/10/06 | Grace Leonhart - ap

Posted on 07/10/2006 10:25:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

HOPE, Ark.

Autrilla Scott readily agreed when Roger Clinton, co-owner of the Buick dealership here in the late 1940s, asked if she would watch his girlfriend's little boy Billy for a time while they went on a date.

Scott was born and reared in Hope, the daughter of Mary Ella and Louis Watkins. She was the youngest of seven siblings and grew up across the street from Yerger School. While a teenager, Scott cleaned houses and babysat.

"When I was cleaning Roger Clinton's apartment one day, he came by with a little boy about two or three years-old and asked me if I could babysit him for a short time while he and the child's mother, Virginia Blythe, went on a date," she said. "I told him yes, that I could."

After that initial contact with little Billy Blythe, Scott babysat the child many times. After Roger Clinton and Virginia Blythe married, Billy Blythe eventually took his stepfather's last name, becoming William Jefferson Clinton. Years later, the child from Hope was elected 42nd president of the United States.

"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying himself," Scott said.

But that was not the only contact her family had with the Clintons. Her brother, Hosea Watkins, owned the Blue Room barbecue stand across the street from the auto dealership that Roger Clinton and his brother owned. Roger would frequent the stand quite often and they became friends.

After Scott babysat and cleaned houses and apartments through high school, she graduated in 1950. She went to business school and married Olen Scott. They eloped and went to Delano, Calif., moving to Long Beach in 1955.

She underwent nurse's training in the late 1950s and began working as a licensed vocational nurse for the Veterans Administration in 1961. She retired as a rehab nurse in 1991.

Scott has two children, son Olen Scott, who lives in Anaheim, Calif., and daughter, Sharon McLucas, who lives in Signal Hill, Calif. Scott has five grandchildren.

"I have always babysat for kids and enjoyed them," Scott said. "I got to meet President Clinton when he came to Long Beach a few years back. It was just a thrill to finally get to see him again.

"I received an invitation to his inauguration in 1993, but it came too late in the mail. I was just sick about that, but it turned out all right in the end."

Scott was back in Hope recently to attend the Yerger School reunion. Those ties to Yerger and the former president are still close to her heart.

While Scott was back in Arkansas, Clinton arranged for her to attend a VIP tour of the Presidential Center in Little Rock.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and seeing all the Clinton memorabilia," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: childhood; clinton; hope; impeachedx42; native; recalled

1 posted on 07/10/2006 10:25:27 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 07/10/2006 10:27:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

They really should rename that town to Doomed for all Eternity or some such.


3 posted on 07/10/2006 10:28:02 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying himself," Scott said.

I'm picturing a yard, with an old car up on blocks, and an old abandoned sink next to it.

4 posted on 07/10/2006 10:29:09 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: mtbopfuyn
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5 posted on 07/10/2006 10:29:24 AM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ah Hope, I will be quite something if that small town produces two Presidents. Gov Huckabee is from there. It will be fun if it got the 08it and ran against Hillary. We can all shout "we still believe in a place called hope" It would drive Clinto nutty


6 posted on 07/10/2006 10:29:33 AM PDT by catholicfreeper (I am Blogging for the GOP and Victory O6 at www.theponderingamerican.blogspot.com)
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To: NormsRevenge
One of the few pictures of young Billy with his pants on.
7 posted on 07/10/2006 10:30:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Loose lips sink ships - and the New York Times really doesn't have a problem with sinking ships.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Too bad Ms. Scott learned, as a nurse, to pinch heads after she met BJClinton(spit). She could'a saved us a bunch of hatred.


8 posted on 07/10/2006 10:31:06 AM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Awww, I'm gonna really re-think my opinions of him based on this brown-noser story... nah, he's still a *****!


9 posted on 07/10/2006 10:31:36 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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10 posted on 07/10/2006 10:32:03 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Ever find yourself posting messages just to show off your taglines?)
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To: catholicfreeper
Huckabee will never be POTUS. That's a pipedream. His biggest accomplishment is his weight loss.
11 posted on 07/10/2006 10:32:27 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: ClearCase_guy

"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying himself," Scott said.

I'm pretty sure she meant "Playing with himself in the yard."


12 posted on 07/10/2006 10:34:22 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A pig by any other name doth smell as bad.......


13 posted on 07/10/2006 10:35:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: bigfootbob

He has been a pretty governor in Arkansas and I am not so sure that this is a pipe dream. I have been following his campaign in Iowa and else where and I have been pretty impressed with the early stages. I think he and possibly Brownback would be the darling of the social conservatives even though Governor Romney is doing a early full court press to get them. If Huckabee catches a little fire up there then it does well for him sespecially in the Southern primaries. I think he is someone to watch.


14 posted on 07/10/2006 10:36:06 AM PDT by catholicfreeper (I am Blogging for the GOP and Victory O6 at www.theponderingamerican.blogspot.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

Haven't you heard? Cowboy diplomacy is Over!..........


15 posted on 07/10/2006 10:36:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: NormsRevenge

So Billy Jeff is decended from a "Used Car" salesman. That explains a lot!


16 posted on 07/10/2006 10:38:11 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: ClearCase_guy
....enjoying the yard, playing with himself...?
17 posted on 07/10/2006 10:38:34 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying pleasuring himself," Scott said.
18 posted on 07/10/2006 10:39:21 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather?)
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To: L98Fiero
Sorry...didn't catch your post.

LOL!

19 posted on 07/10/2006 10:39:37 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is a funny one - I know a woman in her 60's who grew up in Arkansas. One year she went to summer camp and a 12 year old or so Bill Clinton was also a camper there. She said she was talking to her boyfriend one day when little Bill came up to her and pinched her butt. Needless to say the boyfriend pummeled the future president. Apparently young Bill never grew up...


20 posted on 07/10/2006 10:39:56 AM PDT by weef
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To: bigfootbob
"His biggest accomplishment is his weight loss."

Ahhhh shucks! You don't think his singing and band is a big accomplishment?

21 posted on 07/10/2006 10:40:18 AM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: NormsRevenge
Seems like someone is trying to use the way-back machine to put lipstick on a pig.
22 posted on 07/10/2006 10:44:24 AM PDT by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: NormsRevenge
Years later, the child from Hope was elected 42nd president of the United States.

I thought the real skinny was that Clinton grew up in Hot Springs, the wide open mob-operated gambling town where his mom was a notorious "hostess" and party gal.

23 posted on 07/10/2006 10:44:42 AM PDT by Argus
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To: catholicfreeper
And, if Mike Huckabee should become the President, the dems could use all of those old "Don't blame me, I didn't vote for the dope from Hope."

I love the Gov and would vote for him in a New York minute.
24 posted on 07/10/2006 10:50:06 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: bigfootbob

Huckabee has done a great job with Ark.


25 posted on 07/10/2006 10:51:40 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: mariabush

Forgot to add bumper stickters!!!!!!!


26 posted on 07/10/2006 10:54:19 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: NormsRevenge

"My most vivid memory of little Billy is him roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya as the black churches of Hope burned to the ground."


27 posted on 07/10/2006 10:56:44 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: ClearCase_guy; All
Autrilla Scott extrapolates:

“One thing I remember... he was always playin' pocket-pool... you know... playin' with his'self. That child was one horny little bugger. Got so... I'd have to keep our pet beagle.. Lucy... locked in the basement when he was here. He'd 'jus follow her around with this stupid look on his face.”

28 posted on 07/10/2006 11:02:06 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: NormsRevenge

"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, exposing himself,"


29 posted on 07/10/2006 11:04:02 AM PDT by Texas dog
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To: Rastus

And of course his nine year old black friend was sitting next to him while they burned. That was after they rode the bus and Billy had a deep discussion with him about sitting in the back... (Rosa Parks funeral version).


30 posted on 07/10/2006 11:05:18 AM PDT by AliVeritas ("One for all , all for kicking *ss and taking names" ...Scratch taking names.)
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31 posted on 07/10/2006 11:09:57 AM PDT by jla
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To: Tax-chick

Let's see here. We got us an Autrilla (how on earth does one pronounce that?), a Hosea, and an Olen.

Sheesh.


32 posted on 07/10/2006 11:11:36 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: NormsRevenge

There was a young fellow called Willie
Whose behavior was frequently silly;
..At a big UN ball,
..Dressed in nothing at all,
He claimed that his costume was Chile.


33 posted on 07/10/2006 11:12:03 AM PDT by tumblindice ("You-all call it `ham-slammin'; ah call it `makin' friends'".)
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"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying himself," Scott said

"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard with himself, enjoying himself," Scott said

34 posted on 07/10/2006 11:15:17 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Autrilla Scott, wud you 'un mind this here Billy boy whilest I takes Billy's mah here out on a date in the back seat of mah Buick?
35 posted on 07/10/2006 11:23:33 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hosea Watkins made some of the best barbeque ever!!! I even remember going into his place after he was forced to move to the "colored" side of town. The looks we would get when "white folk" would come in. Hope is the most racist place I have ever lived, both black and white racism.


36 posted on 07/10/2006 11:28:38 AM PDT by Arkansawyer (Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing in the yard, enjoying himself, Scott said..."

"I remember him as a full grown man, 'playing' in the Oval Office, 'enjoying' himself" (or was that 'pleasuring himself'), conservativeharleyguy said.
37 posted on 07/10/2006 11:32:50 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Technically, we're all Republicans)
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To: mariabush

I won't argue that. He just not going to get the nomination...sorry.


38 posted on 07/10/2006 11:34:32 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: conservativeharleyguy

"An mah step-daddy, Roger, showed me later what he done did wid mah mama on that first date...that was how mah step-brother Roger Jr. got here!"
39 posted on 07/10/2006 11:41:21 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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40 posted on 07/10/2006 11:50:25 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: NormsRevenge

The last I heard, military records showed that his named father was actually overseas at the time of conception.


41 posted on 07/10/2006 11:52:35 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: NormsRevenge

Autrilla Watkins Scott. Autrilla is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women. She's a native of Hope, Arkansas.

Autrilla Scott. Autrilla is a southern name from Arkansas. I moved to Delano, California in 1950 and in 1955, my husband and two children, and I moved to LongBeach, California, where I started getting involved in being a volunteer in the community. Iwould help register people from our community to vote. This was at a time when not everybodyhad the right vote.

42 posted on 07/10/2006 11:57:12 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Texas dog; NormsRevenge

"I remember him when he was just a little boy, playing doctor with all the little girls in the neighborhood, exposing himself..."


43 posted on 07/10/2006 12:09:30 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: AliVeritas

Meanwhile, somewhere in Illinois, a young girl dreamed that she, too, could have a name one day. "If only someone could become famous climbing a mountain, I could stop being called 'Hey you.'"


44 posted on 07/10/2006 12:38:00 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Xenalyte

We must be in Arkansas!


45 posted on 07/10/2006 1:35:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Hyperbolic rodomontade of the most puerile type." ~ Aaron Elkins)
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To: kcvl
I grew up in the So. California area, and I never remember black people having to sit in the back of anything that they did not want to.

Blacks have always been able to vote in Calif. without any problems whatsoever.

Guess that the babysitter learned to lie from her little charge.
46 posted on 07/10/2006 2:26:16 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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