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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MARK TWAIN, THE MOUNTAIN AND ME


This guy that I am seriously attempting to embarrass is one of my best friends, Marvin Cole. If you haven't noticed, Marvin bears a marked resemblace to Mark Twain ... So much so that Marvin has been portraying Twain for a considerable part of his life. For many years, Marvin and I taught elderhostels together at the Mountain Retreat on Scaly Mountain near Highlands. We were frequently joined by Shelia Kay Adams and we developed a popular presentation that was a kind of mixed bag of storytelling and music called "A Season of Laughter." Recently, we were invited to the Mountain Retreat for a "Recognition Lunch" at which we were fed, praised and given tokens of appreciation (a paperweight, a Mountain Retreat cap, a coffee cup and a large photo of ourselves. Shelia Kay didn't show up so Marvin and I were left to recall the highlights of our elderhostel programs (I was there for 35 years). Regardless of what I may have felt about the Recognition Ceremony, I was pleased to see Marvin who is one of the most genial and kind people that I have ever met. He is still out there somewhere in an ice cream suit, smoking a big cigar and posing as Mark Twain to standing ovations. If you haven't seen him, you should Google him.

5 comments:

  1. Google him I will. He DOES look like Twain. I remember Marvin from Western. What a great guy.

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  2. You're right. Mark Twain. Now I'm just trying to figure out who YOU remind me of.

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  3. Well, I resembled the young John Dillenger when I was also young. Now, if my hair is combed and I am photographed in a flattering light, I look a little like Kenny Rogers.

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  4. Yes, could be. Except you're much better looking--not having succumbed to the knife (aka plastic surgery) like Kenny Rogers did. Kudos to you for that. There's something to be said for aging gracefully.

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  5. I owe it all to fried okra, black coffee and a steady supply of "noir" novels and movies.

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