I’m retired from writing the metro column for The Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press. In a career that began at the Bluefield, W. Va., Daily Telegraph in 1972, I penned more than 6,500 columns on every subject from Appalachian snake-handlers to mail-order brides.
In 2009 – two years after I lost my five-days-a-week space in the newspaper – I gathered 80-some columns I wrote after coming to the Midwest in 1987. Included are pieces on an exotic dancer who wants to be a herpetologist, a 91-year-old woman who won’t stop bootlegging whiskey and a young man who gets paid for being mosquito bait.
Why did I do the book? When my grandchildren come along, I want them to know what their Pop-Pop did for a living.