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