by Norma Gene Young
I don't watch the “talent” shows on TV featuring no-talent contestants, but it is impossible to avoid the numerous short commercials touting them. The other day while trying to ignore one of those numerous commercials I was reminded of a remark many years ago that Jimmy Durante made to Frank Sinatra: “Rock and roll consists of three chords, and two of them are sour.” Sinatra agreed.
For the past week I've been muddling around trying to recall incidents about the dust bowl days that would help some friends in Wisconsin who are writing a book about those events. I have sent them a copy of “Black Sunday” that relates a few horror stories they might use, but they are interested mainly in hearing about people who moved from this area to California. I know there were a few, but I explained to them that most of the “Okies” were from the southern and southeastern sections of Oklahoma.
My belief is that most of the farmers in this area owned their own farms and managed to stay here, but in other parts of the state the farmers were hired hands, or sharecroppers, and took off West where they might find better jobs.
If anyone knows of families from around here who are still alive in California (and have their addresses), let me know.
Personally, I would prefer to forget those days, but I can't ignore these friends. They are trying their best to get this children's book together. The man is a wonderful artist and will do the illustrations.
The title of this item is “Stupid People”: In Kentucky two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to the machine. With their bumper still attached to the chain. With their vehicle's license plate still attached to the bumper.