From the This-Sounds-Like-An-Ad, file….
• There was discussion the other day about “sweat equity,” hard work to make something meaningful. One only has to look out the front door of The Sheridan Press to notice Steve Kuzara’s renovation of an old empty warehouse, now an attractive restaurant, Warehouse 201. It’s quite nice inside. Hardwood floors, two bars, attractive woodwork throughout.
• Sundays, while growing up, meant southern fried chicken at grandma’s. And mashed potatoes, vegetables prepared “southern style” and yeast rolls. A nod to these southern roots is the Sunday night fried chicken dinner at the Tunnel Inn in Story. The yardbird (southern slang for chicken) is on the money. All for $9.
Also happening this weekend — besides the big rodeo and its activities hereabouts – is the ninth annual Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Bill Bradshaw has put together a good lineup of top bluegrass talent, including Byron Berline, folk and other traditional American musicians.
His website has the particulars: www.bighornmountainfestival.com. It began today and runs through Sunday.
For a time, Flip Wilson was the hottest comedian on Planet Earth. His NBC show on Thursday nights (1970-74), as they say, just “killed.” It was the first TV variety show hosted by a black American. After a stint in the Air Force, Wilson honed his story-telling craft and characters for “dimes and dinner” on the “chitlin circuit,” small, tough clubs. Late night TV king Johnny Carson once asked Redd Foxx, also a veteran of similar clubs, who the funniest man was “out there,” meaning unknown and doing stand up. Foxx told a network audience simply, Flip Wilson.
Wilson’s most famous character was the sassy Geraldine Jones whose saying, “The devil made me do it,” and “what you see, is what you get,” became part of the national lexicon. If you recall, Geraldine’s boyfriend, never seen but often referenced, was named Killer and he was always, “currently incarcerated.” On the last show (95th episode), he introduced her man, Killer to the national audience: O.J. Simpson.
Wilson’s show slipped away quietly, though he did do Vegas, the occasional special and a few movies. He died in 1998 of cancer. Kevin Cook’s biography of Wilson is a good one and available from our local bookstore, Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery.
The Press’ coverage of Everything Rodeo this week is solid; the whole news team is on board. Of particular note in Thursday’s editions was the photo of a competitor/athlete from Marseille, France. A terrific photo that said: “Hang on!” Cowboys from France? Who knew, thinking it was baguettes, Bordeaux wines and aged cheeses.
One more reason why Sheridan’s 83rd annual rodeo attracts top competitors and athletes from all over.
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