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Saturday, February 28, 2015
McCrory & Tillis Duck Out of Memorial Service
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Erskine Bowles
was asked to speak rather than either McCrory or Tillis, but this intercepted
email asks a burning question:
thought I'd share this little story with you from the Dean E. Smith memorial
service last Sunday. My wife and I were lucky enough to be in the area and had
the chance to go. It was a beautiful service for a true leader of North
Carolina culture and students for many decades. At the beginning, Woody Durham
politely recognized that Pat McCrory and Thom Tillis were in attendance,
sitting side by side, no less. After nearly an hour of the service had gone by,
I looked down on the court to see that both McCrory and Tillis had LEFT. They
left before Dean's preacher had spoken, before the benediction, before the Alma
Mater. Where did those two have to go that was so important they couldn't
finish a Sunday afternoon service for a North Carolina legend? That really
burned us up, and I thought someone else should at least hear about it."
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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