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Lost in the 60s of Drive-in movies, catfish and Dixie
Canada Free Press ^ | August 26, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 08/27/2012 2:58:22 PM PDT by BigReb555

In an article from February 5, 1993, Mr. Grizzard wrote quote, “Whatever the reason, there was a citizenry that once saw fit to fight and die and I come from all that, and I look at those people as brave and gallant, and a frightful force until their hearts and their lands were burnt away. I will never turn my back on that heritage.” unquote

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: driveinmovies
Hello America!

Do you remember the late Southern-American columnist, comedian and speaker Lewis Grizzard {October 20, 1946 –March 20, 1994} who made us laugh, think and proud of whom we are? There are few that write with the heart and soul of Mr. Grizzard who wrote and spoke compassionately about subjects that included the American-South.

This letter is dedicated in memory of an American-son of Dixie, Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr.

Do you remember when people didn’t always apologize for America and Lewis Grizzard, with his witty humor and Southern accent was un-apologetically proud of his Southern birth and that of his Confederate ancestors who defended their homes, family and way of life during the War Between the States, 1861-1865?

In an article from February 5, 1993, Mr. Grizzard wrote quote, “Whatever the reason, there was a citizenry that once saw fit to fight and die and I come from all that, and I look at those people as brave and gallant, and a frightful force until their hearts and their lands were burnt away. I will never turn my back on that heritage.” unquote

My memories of the 1960s include Saturday night supper with my family at the Rio Vista Restaurant on Stewart Avenue that featured all you can eat catfish or fried chicken and golden brown “melt in your mouth” hush puppies for a dollar and a quarter and later a double-feature movie at the Stewart Drive-in theater. Stewart Avenue and Theater were named after a Confederate soldier but sadly the street has since been renamed and the theater is gone. The Starlight Six is the only drive-in theater remaining in Atlanta, Georgia. See their website at: http://starlightdrivein.com/#/movies/

New York City the “Big Apple” was famous in the 60s for the Broadway shows and folks came way down South in “Dixie” for Tara, Southern Belles and a taste of our famous Southern Hospitality. Soul Food Restaurants were also popular in the South with a deliciously different cuisine that included: ham hocks, black eyed peas, turnips and hush puppies that are just down home Southern food.

The Academy Award winning movie in 1965 was “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews that premiered in New York City and later in Atlanta for a near two year run at Martin’s Georgia Cinerama Theater which was located on Peachtree Street near the Fabulous Fox Theater.

During the 1960s America celebrated the War Between the States Centennial, 1961-1965, the Vietnam War was in its early days and we mourned the deaths of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and….

Dan Emmett’s song Dixie was still played at college football games from the Dixie Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia to the “Pride of the South” University of Mississippi Band at Ole Miss where Colonel Reb was the school mascot.

In 1965, Atlanta’s Minor League team the Atlanta Crackers played their last season at the new Fulton County, Georgia stadium and the following year the Major League team the Atlanta Braves made their debut at that stadium…And, what about current Braves Veteran of 19 years Chipper Jones who celebrated his 40th birthday this year? Did you know the “Beatles” tour of the USA included Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium in August of 1965?

Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Beach Boys were hot on the Rock and Roll scene and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Roy Acuff performed at the Ryman Auditorium then Home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Do you remember the Hullabaloo show on NBC during 1965 and 66 that aired the top pop hits of the day with guest hosts that included: Michael Landon, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jerry Lewis?

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Americas Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, Colonel Sanders Kentucky “finger licking good” fried chicken was served at Davis Brothers Cafeteria, Jacobs Drug Stores where Coca Cola was first served still thrived and the “Popeye Club” with Office Don aired live in the early 60s from WSB TV White Columns on Peachtree in Atlanta.

Wherever you call home, memories with family and friends last forever. Ya’ll come back now, you here!

1 posted on 08/27/2012 2:58:26 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

Lewis Gizzard was a great American.


2 posted on 08/27/2012 3:03:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BigReb555

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxky2HOJEOs


3 posted on 08/27/2012 3:05:16 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BigReb555

I can remember reading passages of ELVIS IS DEAD; AND I DON’T FEEL SO GOOD MYSELF that had me crying (I was laughing so much).


4 posted on 08/27/2012 3:08:18 PM PDT by chriscraft
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To: BigReb555

I remember the Martin Theater in my home town, Eufaula, Alabama, that aired “PT-109” in early ‘63 with the marquee subtitle “See the Japs Almost Get Kennedy!”


5 posted on 08/27/2012 3:11:05 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: BigReb555

“If I Ever Get Back to Dixie, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground”


6 posted on 08/27/2012 3:12:31 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: chriscraft

“Don’t bend over in the garden grannie, you know them ‘taters got eyes”.


7 posted on 08/27/2012 3:14:46 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

BFL


8 posted on 08/27/2012 3:15:41 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: BigReb555

From the great White North we have Patrick F McManus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVuHiPZ0vqY


9 posted on 08/27/2012 3:17:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

He once wrote, after his 5th or 6th divorce: I won’t get married again. I’ll just find a woman I can’t stand and buy her a house.


10 posted on 08/27/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: mylife

“Chili Dogs Bark at Night” - wasn’t that Grizzard?


11 posted on 08/27/2012 3:18:44 PM PDT by jagusafr
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To: mylife

Love McManus.


12 posted on 08/27/2012 3:19:00 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: All

Actually, the University of Tennessee Marching Band was and is known as “The Pride of the Southland Marching Band”....


13 posted on 08/27/2012 3:23:12 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: All

“Don’t Sit Under the Grits Tree with Anyone Else But Me”....


14 posted on 08/27/2012 3:25:44 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: All

“A Fine and Pleasant Misery”-Pat McManus...


15 posted on 08/27/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: irishtenor

Indeed!LOL


16 posted on 08/27/2012 3:31:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JW1949

“Naked means you ain’t got no clothes on....Nekkid means you ain’t got no clothes on and you up to sumthin’....”___Lewis Grizzard.....


17 posted on 08/27/2012 3:32:14 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: jagusafr

I think so.

He also wrote “If Love was oil, I’d be a quart low”


18 posted on 08/27/2012 3:33:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

Lord, I love reading both those guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 08/27/2012 3:34:02 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

Sage words....


20 posted on 08/27/2012 3:34:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

Lewis was a HUGE Georgia Bulldog fan...Being from Tennessee, I can forgive him for that, though...He was GREAT!!!!!


21 posted on 08/27/2012 3:36:23 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: irishtenor

“The Mountain Car” Still makes me howl!


22 posted on 08/27/2012 3:36:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

Some more great McManus.......

“Real Ponies Don’t Go OINK”
“They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?”


23 posted on 08/27/2012 3:39:21 PM PDT by JW1949
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJskb1T4I-s


24 posted on 08/27/2012 3:42:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

My son tells me I’m just like Rancid Crabtree....*LOL*


25 posted on 08/27/2012 3:46:11 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: irishtenor; mylife

” I won’t get married again. I’ll just find a woman I can’t stand and buy her a house.”

Hell yeah! Cut to the chase!


26 posted on 08/27/2012 3:57:46 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: JW1949

I am Eddie Muldoon LOL


27 posted on 08/27/2012 3:58:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JW1949

Pat wore that poor old guy out.


28 posted on 08/27/2012 4:00:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BigReb555

I will never forget my first trip to Ga.

What characters.


29 posted on 08/27/2012 4:03:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

McManus has such a way of turning a phrase. I love his writing.


30 posted on 08/27/2012 4:03:31 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: mylife

“Crazy Eddie”...*LOL*


31 posted on 08/27/2012 4:08:16 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: mylife

Can’t you just see Rancid going down that hill in the mountain car??? His eyes bulgin’ out!!!!!*ROFL*


32 posted on 08/27/2012 4:10:03 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

... Actually, the University of Tennessee Marching Band was and is known as “The Pride of the Southland Marching Band”...

UGA class of ‘77 here ... Don’t know the history of the UT band but at least through 1977, UGA’s marching band was known as the Dixie Redcoat Marching Band. There were efforts even back then to drop the “Dixie” which has since been deleted. Could some UGA alum pinpoint the year?

More Lewis Grizzard ... “My Daddy Was a Pistol and I Am a Son of a Gun” ... and the joke about the mermaid and the Englishman, the Welshman, and the Scot ... and the joke about golf in heaven ...


33 posted on 08/27/2012 4:14:00 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: JW1949

First time I ever stayed on Ga was with my old friend who was raised there.
We stated at his Momma Dots house and she fed us till we popped.

Anyhow, this southin fellow had been bragging about some nekkid diving rock on the Chattahoochee river, where the girls would get nekkid and jump..

I thought he was full of crap

But we went on a float down the Chattahoochee and sure as morning, those girls were getting nekkid and jumping LOL

Later on the Band Blackfoot put on a show at a friends farm and that blew me away too LOL

Good times.


34 posted on 08/27/2012 4:15:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JW1949

It was Retch Sweeney piloting the initial run of the Mountain car loL!


35 posted on 08/27/2012 4:19:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

That’s right...


36 posted on 08/27/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: mylife

That’s right...


37 posted on 08/27/2012 4:22:15 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

They named the car after Ms Beasly the English teacher..

“Yeah, me and Retch take Ms Beasly into the woods all the time”

Her back end sure was grumbling”


38 posted on 08/27/2012 4:22:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MacNaughton

I’m UT class of ‘76...It’s been “Pride of the Southland” as far back as I can recall...(Mid 50’s.....)

I remember Grizzard’s great Aunt using the outhouse...gettin’ stung by the “wast’s” (wasps) runnin’ across the backyard yelling “I been bit by a SHITSNAKE!!!!!!”.....I laughed til I cried....


39 posted on 08/27/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: mylife

Remember when they was hiking through the woods and the poor kid’s clothes were tattered and coming off??? He rubbed mud on cause of the skeeters....They got kinda lost and he saw the lumberjack and went running to him all covered with mud and sticks and leaves...The lumber jack thought he was Bigfoot or something and ran away????


40 posted on 08/27/2012 4:30:51 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

Ooops it was Mrs Peabody!

http://books.google.com/books?id=eQTZOJxDAokC&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=the+mountain+car+mcmanus&source=bl&ots=YKbY6jg1Zk&sig=E3b8tGv4j3OoSGVjjQCkH9q_aIQ&hl=en#v=onepage&q=the%20mountain%20car%20mcmanus&f=false


41 posted on 08/27/2012 4:35:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JW1949

All I know is the guy is hilarious.


42 posted on 08/27/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Don't Bend Over In The Garden Granny
(You know them 'taters got eyes)

Won't You Come Home Billy Bob Bailey?
With an excellent recipe in the first chapter for...
"Grits Billy-Bob"

... And a black lab named "Catfish"

43 posted on 08/27/2012 5:30:55 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Redbob
My family drove through Eufaula and we saw that marquee...

Sold a lot of tickets... I s'pect

44 posted on 08/27/2012 5:35:11 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Redbob
I'm southern-born and southern-bread,

...and when I die....

I'll be southern-dead!

45 posted on 08/27/2012 5:44:12 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

(ooops ... “bred” .. what was I thinking???!!!)


46 posted on 08/27/2012 5:45:09 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

Shucks, you’re jus hongrey!


47 posted on 08/27/2012 6:57:10 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: MacNaughton

and the joke about “That dawg’d bite’choooo”!!


48 posted on 08/27/2012 8:22:48 PM PDT by Student0165
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