George Smith: From chain gang to Anniston ...
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Sunday morning drive time ...

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SEEMS AS if movie star Robert Mitchum was in Anniston quite a few years before the night in jail I told you about in a recent column.

From Jim Jones, an email, off reading that:


“That tells me Mitchum was in Anniston at least twice. Saw him on Dick Cavett show a number of years ago, around 71-72.

“He told Cavett about being a young man riding the rails. He said he walked away from a prison farm in Georgia, ‘Hopped a train, got off in Anniston, Alabama, got the hell beat out of me and thrown back on a train.’”

I did a bit of research and Mitchum, who was born in Bridgeport, Conn., was something of a drifter in his younger years and did, at one point, wind up on a Georgia chain gang.

A couple of quotes from Mitchum on his acting:

"Look, I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a horse. That's it."


“I got three expressions: looking left, looking right and looking straight ahead.”

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THE FISH down around Autauga County may be in trouble. A grand lady by the name of Retha Palley, who lived out on Alabama 202 for years, just loves to throw a hook in the water and now lives in Prattville with a daughter there.

Oh, one other thing.

If experience counts, those fish are really in trouble. Back on May 1, Retha Palley reached her 100th birthday.

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IT IS NO secret that I frequent some of the finer culinary establishments in the area. ’Course if you aren’t familiar with the word “culinary,” it’s NOT a Southern word for café. I just thought that sounded a bit high in looking at the screen.

Anyway, put a pot roast in front of me and I’m as happy as that witch in a broom factory.

That means Thursday you’re most likely to find me at Chef T’s out on U.S. 431 across from Anniston Funeral Home.

That’s Pot Roast Day and it’s flat-out to die for. I find a booth and order a bowl of pot roast and a cornbread muffin. T’s cornbread doesn’t match up with mine, but it’s passable.

You can thank me later.

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IN COUNTRY SONG: “Some times I take a great notion,

“To jump in the river and drown.”

If you can name the song and the artists who had the big hit on it, well, you probably qualify for the senior discount on your coffee at Jack’s.

Let me know …

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QUOTABLE: “'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone;

“All her lovely companions are faded and gone.”
—Thomas More

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CHECKING THE obits each morning is a ritual for mine, hopeful no friend is listed.

No friends a few days ago, but the listing of Aden Floyd McGatha of Jacksonville and Amare Dion Parker of Anniston got to me bad.

Both were listed as infants.

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I DON’T recall the Knock Out Roses being as lovely as they are this year. At the north end of our house there is a red one and a pink one.

They are flat-out gorgeous and not a day passes I don’t stand at the patio fence and simply drink in their beauty. I also keep three — just three — in a simple vase on our kitchen table.

Today is Mothers Day and roses would be welcome, I’m sure.

I wish I could send my Mom a truckload.

Thanks for visiting …


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