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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bud Hunt publisher Daily Dunklin Democrat
With the conclusion of the Memphis Redbirds' season several players from the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A team were added to the major league club's roster. One familiar name is back on the roster, Pagnozzi.

Specifically, Matt Pagnozzi, nephew of former Cards' catcher, Tom Pagnozzi. Local folk will recall Tom's involvement with the Harold Simmons Memorial Golf Tournament held here for many years. Tom, in his role as spokesman for the then-Leukemia Society of America's Gateway Chapter, was here for the tournament for many years and developed some friendships that endure even now. The younger Pagnozzi is also a catcher.

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Questions to ponder as we wait on Jingo Cole to drop the flag at the demolition derby; the final event of a week of fun at the Delta Fair.

What's the logic behind GM's decision to take $293 million of U.S. taxpayer-funded bailout money and invest it in China? Couldn't that have been spent here?

Did Matt Shetley feel the pressure after the first three holes when Ken Johnson was tied with him at even par? Maybe so, but apparently it was only a little. Congratulations to Matt on yet another Kennett Country Club championship.

How many cans of Scotchgard does Sheryl Wood now have in her home?

Will the tellers at Bank of America hold a cotton-picking contest once the bolls open on their plant at the drive-thru lanes? Better question. Who will defoliate it?

Is it cheaper to pay one's daughter's traffic tickets traveling between home and college than pay her tuition, room and board? We'll repeat that question from years from now when Jeff and Julie Lack's daughter graduates from college. And no, we're not talking about Megan.

Why is the U.S. taxpayer funding offshore drilling in Brazil but not along our own coastline and creating more jobs and energy independence? The $2 billion President Obama committed to Brazil would have done a lot to "stimulate" the oil industry here.

Did Jackie Brooks really serve "potstickers" to everyone who showed up to hear him speak at the homecoming celebration Friday afternoon on the courthouse steps?

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And Bill did shoot

"Bill McFall is a harmless young fellow living in the vicinity of Gibson. He owns two blind horses and an old musket. Last Thursday he was in Gibson on one of his horses carrying his gun. George Richardson, to be 'smart' and please a crowd of companions, 'guyed' McFall, offering to trade a brush-heap for his horse and engaging in other coarse jokes. Finally, holding out his hat he told McFall to shoot at it, and the request was complied with, some of the shot hitting the hat and some entering Richardson's hand. They were not so funny. Richardson then attacked McFall and the two had quite a little fight. Later McFall was arrested for shooting Richardson and was brought here to jail. Of course he will never be convicted by a jury and he should not be. What will be done to Richardson for bringing on the disturbance has not yet been determined on. There must be a bad brand of 'bitters' sold at Gibson according to reports from there."

The DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton discovered that little blurb that could also run under the headline of, "Be careful what you ask for ... you might just get it" on the pages of the Friday, Dec. 1, 1900 edition of the weekly newspaper.

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Bath time

"As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig.' Today we often use the term 'here comes the big wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

Tip of the hat to Rita Myers' hubby, Ron, for sharing those words of wisdom. Not sure if Ron came up with that on his own or just passed it along.

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False alarm

Friday morning I had the privilege of joining several others from the community to judge the floats in the homecoming parade. Continuing a tradition, each class made and decorated a float for the homecoming parade that afternoon - prior to the aforementioned Jackie's distribution of potstickers. Normally the floats are assembled on the west parking lot at KHS for judging.

However, with the very real possibility of rain in the forecast, Mindy Brown, who was in charge of twisting arms of several other folks in town to help judge the floats took us to the individual (covered) construction sites. Mindy, rightfully so, did not want all the hard work to go for nothing and get washed away prior to the parade.

One of the floats was stored at the former Glen Sain Chevrolet building on First Street. The float built back in the former service department resembled a train. The class - I think it was the junior class - had built the float so that the engine spewed smoke, just like a real train from bygone days. We were there for several minutes and it was obvious the work was done well. Smoke was just pouring out of the float like the "'Ol 99."

About the time we were concluding our judging and having witnessed a demonstration of the project we heard a voice from the other side of the building.

"I thought the building was on fire," said Nelda Morgan. Standing with her were two fellows she had recruited from Raben Tire, the neighboring business.

Nelda said she had been driving down the street and noticed smoke coming from the back of the building. We had a good laugh and Nelda headed off to the office. In case anyone's interested they can call Nelda at the Century 21 office about the building. There is no "smoke" damage.

Bud Hunt is publisher of the

Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and

North Stoddard Countian.

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