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Family cheers on young man with Hollywood dreams

POSTED: February 3, 2009 11:11 p.m.
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Chandler Massey

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Mimi and Papa don’t usually watch "One Tree Hill," the prime-time TV series that tends to skew to a young audience in their late teens and 20s.

But they had a reason to Monday night.

Mimi is Kayanne and Papa is Abit Massey and their 18-year-old grandson, Chandler, had a role in the CW network drama.

Chandler is the son of Lewis and Amy Massey of Norcross. When it comes to the gene pool, he hit a grand slam. Amy is a beautiful woman who competes in triathalons. His grandmother Massey is a former Miss Georgia and has retained her beauty queen good looks, which she passed on to both of her children.

Chandler is the very image of a teenaged Lewis and bears a resemblance to his handsome grandfather, Abit.

On top of that, if he inherited a little of Abit’s incredible memory, he should have no trouble mastering his lines.

All of this to say that right now, Chandler and Amy are in Hollywood, where it is audition season for upcoming television pilots.

He is an honors student at Norcross High School, where he began honing his theatrical talents a couple of years ago. He’s quite the singer and actor, I’m told.

If you missed it, I’m told that Chandler’s role may be recurring. He is playing the younger version of Lucas, a starring character who is making a movie based on a novel about his life.

The show is a bit edgy in places and that has left Mimi and Papa a bit surprised, but nonetheless proud.

By the way, we’re told that Chandler already has an agent. Later this year, he will appear in an upcoming HBO series, "Eastbound and Down," which was filmed in North Carolina.

Late Night for the Hopkins family

Speaking of sitting by the TV set, Ralph Hopkins may be a bit bleary-eyed today. His son, John, is a bass player and vocalist for the Zac Brown Band, which was scheduled to appear early this morning on NBC’s "Late Night with Conan O’Brien."

There were probably a lot of TVs on in Lumpkin County, where Brown makes his home.

The band’s first national chart hit, "Chicken Fried" has propelled them onto the national stage. I am told that they will be on an upcoming "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS.

By the way, if you weren’t up around 1:15 a.m., you can see the entire show, or just the performance, online.

Lets hear it for the 90s

The age, that is. In last Sunday’s Times, I interviewed two area residents who are making an impact in their 90s. To spend a couple of hours with Lessie Smithgall is a real treat, and if you haven’t purchased a copy of her book, "I Took the Fork," you should. It gives you a bit of insight into the mind of a wonderful woman. I’m proud to call her a friend.

I had never met Woodrow Parks until last week, but he is a delightful man with a wonderful story. There are lots of family business that have been in business for 60 years, but not many who have been under the same management for that entire time.

If you’re in Dahlonega, stop by 40 Main St. and say "hello."

Harris Blackwood is community editor of The Times. His columns appear Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 770-718-3423.



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