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Like most athletic endeavors, football is a sport played mostly by young people who are physically fit. That is especially true when the game is played at a professional level. Consequently, almost al...

 

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In November of every even-numbered year, the United States experiences something called a “general election” for statewide and national offices. We just recently went through one of those. Now, at...

 

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Recently, Americans witnessed one of the most contentious (and interesting) elections for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in American history. Ultimately, after 15 rounds of voting, the...

 

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One chilly, overcast November afternoon several years ago I found myself going to see the resident medico at the Memphis State University clinic, a man I knew only as “Dr. Black”. When I arrived,...

 

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One November day when I was in my mid-20s, I found myself driving my car into a large parking lot on the campus of Memphis State University. I wasn’t feeling well and I was headed to the...

 

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Shortly after my 24th birthday, I moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to further my education at what is now the University of Memphis but was then known as Memphis State University. I lived in that town of...

 

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When I was growing up, and for many years thereafter, our family doctor was a man who was very competent. Also, however, he had a no-nonsense sort of personality. He was blunt spoken. He would tell...

 

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I always like having a doctor that I consider “mine” – someone to go to anytime I have a medical issue. But in an emergency, any doctor will do! I began feeling sick one day when I was working...

 

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When I was in my early 20s, I got a job as an insurance agent who went to people’s homes to collect their payments for their policies. My insurance route included four towns of several thousand...

 

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When I graduated from college I was three months shy of my 22nd birthday. I knew that I wanted to obtain education beyond my bachelor’s degree, but I had to work for a while to earn some money...

 

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I watch more television than anyone should! But, while engaged in this often-mindless activity, however, I try to save my sanity by ignoring the commercials which are usually silly or stupid, or...

 

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Borden Deal’s publisher refused to issue any more of his books because – while they were well-written and interesting – they no longer appealed to a large reading audience. In order to make...

 

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Borden Deal was not only a writer of quality fiction, he was also quite prolific. In addition to 21 novels, he published approximately 100 short stories in well-known magazines and literary journals....

 

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In 1952 Borden Deal and Ethel “Babs” Hodges married and settled in Scottsboro, Alabama, which was her hometown. Eventually, the Deals had three children. Unfortunately, they divorced in 1975...

 

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In the 1950s, Borden Deal embarked upon a career as a professional writer of fiction. As a southerner, born in Mississippi and educated at the University of Alabama, Deal wanted to write about the Sou...

 

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Oct. 12, 2022, was the 100th birthday of a man named Borden Deal. Unfortunately, he did not live to celebrate it, having died of a heart attack in January 1985 at the age of 62. Borden Deal was a...

 

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As we have seen, inside-the-park (ITP) home runs – once quite common in baseball – have become rare occurrences. When, for example, Alcides Escobar led off the first game of the 2015 World Series...

 

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Prior to the 1920s, major league baseball did not, in some ways, look like the game that is played a century later. Unlike today, for example, players back then hit few home runs. Baseball insiders...

 

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As we approach the end of another baseball season, the topic of how many home runs certain players will hit becomes important to the sport’s fans. Leading a league in home runs is one of the more pr...

 

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After being acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of George Henry Doaks Jr., Jesse Hill Ford had to face other personal problems. Previously, Ford’s income had benefitted greatly from hefty...

 

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In the summer of 1971, Jesse Hill Ford went on trial in Humboldt, Tennessee, for shooting George Henry Doaks Jr. the previous November. Ford faced the possibility of conviction of murder or the...

 

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In the fall of 1970, Jesse Hill Ford had lived in Humboldt, Tennessee, for more than a decade, and he had become well-known in the town. He had also become financially successful after several years...

 

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By 1970, Jesse Hill Ford was a dynamic force on the American literary scene. His novel, “The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones,” had sold well, received good reviews and been turned into a movie....

 

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By 1970, Jesse Hill Ford had become a well-known personage in his adopted hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee. Locals had come to accept him as one of their own as he and his family became part of the...

 

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By the mid-1960s, Jesse Hill Ford’s writing career had become quite successful. He had published a novel, a play and several short stories. And, after a slow start, he was making money. He secured a...

 

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