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January 29, 2019

      Let's get one thing straight. I love the Rev. Jesse

Jackson.

      Among other things, he granted me my first interview with a person whose fame extended beyond the borders of Rockingham when I, a 19-year-old college newspaper editor in 1977, got an exclusive interview moments before he delivered the college commencement address.

      So grateful do I remain after all these years that I wrote him a letter a month or so...

January 16, 2019

      Usually when I interview my second-favorite Tar Heel

basketball player of all time, Charles Scott, he is soft-

spoken, measured and thoughtful.

      He'll sometimes ask "Did you remember to turn on your tape recorder?" because I wrote once of interviewing him at Mama Dip's restaurant in Chapel Hill and being so in awe of talking to my childhood idol that I forgot to turn on the danged thing.

      I'm still...

January 9, 2019

     

Many, many years ago, back when I was still known as the Disco Godfather, I was at a club where the deejay was dreadful.

      Dude was so bad that there were only two or three couples on the dance floor. Even though the club was for grown folks, his music seemed aimed at adolescents.

      "Why doesn't someone tell him he stinks?" I asked before approaching his turntable and asking, as diplomatically as possible, "Say, h...

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