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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Pompous Old Storyteller Gets an Award.


Well, Kind Hearts, here I am receiving a honorary award from the local Friend of the Library for my suppot of the local library (70 years).  Yes, I started when I was six years old, and Sadie Luck, our librarian, took an interest in me.  She fed me a steady dose of Walter Farley and went straight through the Lassie books, the Thunderhead and Flicka books, Bob, Son of Battle,  and Stephen Spender, a very popular juvenile author during WWII.  She became alarmed when I tried to check out Mickey Spellane's I, the Jury, and absolutely refused to let me have Erskine Caldwell.  There was also a smoking-hot tome called Alabam made me sweat.  The lady giving me the award is June Smith, the current president of the FOL.  I am partial to this picture.....especially the golden glow around my head.
Over the years, I have given the FOL a lot of books, magazines, cds and dvds.  I have also given them paintings and they have used several of my plays as fundraisers.

11 comments:

  1. Congrads!! Any Friend of the Library is a friend of mine! And may the spam harpies stop tracking all over this site sometime soon!

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  2. Thank you, Anne. Yes, the spam harpies are still leaving a little track of snail slime on the end of my posts, but maybe they will find another home before long.

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  3. Congratulations Gary. I rather like that special halo effect as well. I see your book habits were established at a rather young age. No wonder you became a gifted writer and storyteller as well!

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  5. Gary, I don't know your email addy., but wanted to pass this on. I know you read about crimes and cases; and wondered if you had read "In the Place of Justice" by Wilbert Rideau. He spent 44 years in Angola in Louisiana and was freed a few years ago; this is his story. Angola gets a lot of press--documentaries and such--Rideau who won awards for editing the prison newspaper, the Angolite, while he was there knows the real story.

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  6. Congratulations, Gary. What a wonderful library history you have. I remember many of those same authors you read, but my books came by book mobile. The libraries kept us country kids happy during the summers.
    Love the photo as well. Nothing like getting your halo on while being presented with an award.

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