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April 30, 2018

        I remember the one time in my life that I called someone ugly.

        It was freshman year at St. Augustine's College and I had somehow snagged me my first girlfriend.

      She was a cheerleader and she was beautiful. So were all of her friends.

       I naturally began to think that I belonged in that club because they let me sit at the table in the cafeteria with them....

April 27, 2018

       Many people think the best "The Cosby Show" episode was the one where the Huxtables, with Rudy on lead vocals, sung "The Night Time Is The Right Time."

      They're wrong. The best one was where Vanessa brought home her new fiance, Dabnis, and Cliff - disgusted by the way the family met him - asked him his favorite meal.

       Dabnis, a meat-and-potatoes type - literally and figuratively - sai...

April 24, 2018

"Say, did y'all ever get that cloning thing fixed?"

I never found out, because the scientist at the University of Utah's Health Sciences department never called back after I left a message explaining why I was calling.

Here's why I was calling:

By some accursed twist of fate, Todd Rundgren and Smokey Robinson will both be performing in Durham on April 29, within a mile of each other at the same time. I simply wanted to find out if I could get...

April 9, 2018

Bill Chamberlain, UNC basketball great, needs your prayers.

Whether you're a Heel, A Wolfpack, an Eagle or a Blue Devil, won't you hoist up a three-point prayer for No. 31?

Chamberlain suffered cardiac arrest last week and is recuperating at an area hospital.

His wife asks that you wait until receiving the O.K. before visiting.

I certainly wanted to visit, since Chamberlain was one of my heroes growing up.

So was Charles Scott, Larry Miller, Di...

April 5, 2018

As much as for his books and movies, Gore Vidal is
remembered for his oft-stated belief that one should
“never pass up a chance to have sex or be on
television.”


He should’ve added “or to go to your favorite
barbecue joint because you don’t know when that sucker is
liable to shut down.”


That’s what I told myself recently after
foregoing my usual bi-weekly trip to Bob’s BBQ in
Creedmoor and getting my usual - two huge slabs of
ribs.


Because of a...

April 2, 2018

"As little as possible."

That, former Durham Mayor Bill Bell told me recently, is what he's been doing since leaving office last year after 16 years.

That's cool, because what he did while in office still reverberates throughout the Bull City.

Bell, more than any other single person, is responsible for the changing landscape of Durham.

Surely, I'm not the only who's discovered in recent months that if you haven't driven through certain formerly sk...

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