Hello Logan County and beyond. As I have said many times before I am so happy to be here! I hope it can be for many more years.
Unfortunately I have been under the weather for the last couple of weeks and just got out of the hospital today. Even though I had the pneumonia shot again this year I still came down with that terrible milady in my left lung. Thank goodness for good hospitals or I would not be writing this column tonight. I doubt many people have coughed as much as I have the past two weeks. It was a miserable feeling but thank goodness for modern medicines, good doctors and especially good nurses.
I have to apologize to Don Neagle for not being able to appear on his show and to the several organizations that I belong to and was unable to attend their meetings. I love being on Neagle’s show and attending my meetings and it was hard not being there or being able to contact folks as to why I was absent. It is my sincere hope that my health will improve in 2016 and that I can continue to speak on topics of interest.
Some days ago I met a lady in the Piggly Wiggly Grocery in Russellville. She recognized my voice from WRUS Radio. Her comment was that she thought I was a thin short guy. She was so surprised that I was almost 6’2” and certainly not thin or little. I have lost over 50 pounds in the past six months but still not thin. Maybe in another six months. I was also approached by two lady shoppers that told me they had switched to Piggly Wiggly Grocery when they had found out that IGA adds a “10 percent fee” to their bills when they checked out. That is correct for anyone who is startled by this statement of fact. I went shopping at IGA one day and at check out my supposed savings turned out to be no savings at all when they added the “10 percent fee.” IGA is the only store I have heard of that does this in Logan County.
100 YEARS AGO IN 1915 – the top ten songs of the year were 1) “A Little Bit Of Heaven,” 2) “Carry Me Back To Old Virginny,” 3) Its’ A Long, Long Way To Tipperary,” 4) “They Didn’t Believe Me,” 5) I Didn’t Raise My Son To Be A Soldier,” 6) “Hello Frisco,” 7) “Close To My Heart,” 8) “Its’ A Long Way To Tipperary” (different version), 9) “My Little Girl,” 10) “Auf Wiedersehen” (good bye in German.)
In 1915 on 6% of Americans graduated from high school. Most had 8th grade educations. There were only 230 murders for the entire USA or the year. The Russian Government ordered 3 million pair of boots from the USA for their soldiers. The last buffalo in the state of Kansas was sold by Frank Rockefeller for a Christmas meal. 95% of new babies were born at home. 95% of American doctors had no college training. Sugar sold for 4 Cents a lb. Eggs sold for 15 cents a dozen. Coffee sold for 15 cents a lb. Women washed their hair once a month. The population of Las Vegas was 30. Crossword puzzles, canned beer and ice tea had not been invented.
In 2015 the three states that top the nation as having the best health care are 1st Hawaii, 2nd Vermont and 3rd Massachusetts. The three states listed at the bottom are 48th Kentucky, 49th Mississippi and 50th Louisiana. That makes me sad.
I wish I could sing well. I never could carry much of a tune. The last time I formally sang was in high school when the choral teacher needed eight more boys for the school choir. He cut some sort of a deal with the school coach and eight of us from the football team were sent to chorus. It looked pretty at Christmas when 20 young ladies were joined by 20 young men on the stage to sing Christmas Carols. Our choir won a city competition, the choir director gave us all A plus as did the coach. I also noticed that the coach was driving around in the choir director’s new convertible on Friday nights. So ended my only professional singing. Now I only sing to dogs and cows.
I love egg nog and boiled custard at Christmas time and just about everything else. I even love good fruit cake. I am really watching my weight but plan to just eat smaller portions. I never could turn down good corn bread made with buttermilk and a few cracklins added into the mix. I still like real butter as well. No fake butter for me.
While I am recuperating from the pneumonia I am watching all my favorite Christmas movies that go back for 50 years or more. It’s hard to beat the old stars whither it is in Christmas movies or Christmas songs. Give me Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ma & Pa Kettle, all the old Christmas songs and on and on. I also still love to hear my high school friend Brenda Lee belt out her wonderful songs. I also love to hear the Grand Ole Opry Christmas Show on WSM Radio. What wonderful memories!
Time to go. Good night to my many friends and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are. (If you do not know who Mrs. Calabash was ask and older person and they probably can tell you a little about her. Jimmy Durante was her good friend.)
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]