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His plans were bigger than we could see

My earliest business venture was operating a shoe-shine box in Johnny O'Kelly's barber shop in Social Circle. It was two-chair shop with Johnny and Mr. Aub McClain.

July 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Your mind may age, but it can think young

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Elvis' rock 'n' roll cool rubbed off on Hugh Baby

Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Little girl in need can receive a great gift

Maj. Kevin Jarrard will be spending this Christmas in his second tour in Iraq with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit headquartered in Montgomery, Ala.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An update on the first grandkids

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was none other than Big Buddy.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stop the gimmicks, just let me watch TV

Years ago, when I was working in television, we were just getting into electronic graphics. We had a little gizmo that would flash someone's name up on the screen at the directed time.

We still made use of slides. A guy would make slides of a reporter's name and the call letters and channel number of the station using a hot-type press with white letters on a black poster board.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Halloween hijinks helped by headdress

Mama was never one to pass up a good roadside junk pile. She had a station wagon and could load up an old lawn mower or a broken lamp in no time.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ah, the joys a big stick can bring

I sometimes marvel that I made it through childhood without a bike helmet, safety goggles or the evaluation of my neighborhood by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All readers accepted, but not approved

I like advertising.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Giving thanks for one more year

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

My brother and his family were elsewhere, my daughter was with her mother and it was just me and Mama.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Country star looked — and acted — the perfect part

Have you ever known people who just looked their part in life?

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Zell’s mountain twang a mark of love

Come January, I've been reporting on Zell Miller for 33 years. I was 14 and somehow asked for and was issued media credentials for the inauguration of Gov. George Busbee and Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget exercise, it’s time to write

With or without resolutions, this seems to be a good week for reflecting on the past year and giving some thought to the year ahead.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Holidays in D.C. a time for heroes

WASHINGTON - There is something about visiting the president's house that leaves one in awe. I had a chance to go to the White House on the regular tour for the purpose of seeing the Christmas decorations.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trip with Uncle Harry a memory to savor

The generation that came before me in my family is now a mighty slim lot. My mother and father both came from among four siblings, two boys and two girls on my mother's side and four boys on dad's.

My Dad and all his brothers are gone.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

July 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to cupcake craziness

I've never been good at crazes. Some of them were over before I found out.

July 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Seeing summer through a child’s eyes

Summer is the season that gives us so many good memories, especially from our childhood.

July 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lifting hopeful voices in a dark place

In my early days of Sunday school, I remember hearing about Paul and Silas, who were singing and praising the Lord in prison.

June 29, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Praising the region's radio pioneers

I don't know if I ever called Tom Robertson by his first name, except on the radio.

June 22, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


‘Dad’ is my most cherished moniker

I have an assortment of nicknames and titles, but the one I love best is Daddy.

June 15, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sight of Old Glory still puts a lump in my throat

All sorts of legends surround the origin of our nation's flag.

June 08, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lessons of life and its end from 3 brave souls

When we were children, we played "Mamas and Daddies" or "House." It was a time when we would act out, in our own way, how grown-ups live within a family.

June 01, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Still no bike tag for the name Harris

The Social Security Administration is out with its list of the most popular baby names of 2013.

May 25, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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