Mack's Corner

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Willie Mitchell You probably missed the Willie Mitchell memorial service here at Hope several years ago. But I hate that you did, it was great. It started at 2pm, but at 10 minutes till 2 most of the band had no idea what music they were playing. There was a full string section, 20 players, a whole horn section, 8 players and a full band behind them.. about 35 players on stage.. The service started with several people making short speeches, mostly long time Memphis music... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, November 21, 2020

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"The Cheesecake story" This story get told every year by at least 2 people in my family and usually by at least one of them twice. I don't mind, it's all true... We were all at my parent's house on Thanksgiving and my sister was making a cheesecake to take to some party. My brother, Father and I were watching football but smelling that cheesecake all day. This was a real cheese cake, none of strawberry stuff on top or peppermint sticks crushed up in it,... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, November 14, 2020

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Ham & Turkey I went one Saturday morning to take the test for my Ham Radio license. I knew it was at a guy's house and I figured there would be four or five of us taking the test around a kitchen table, but it was just me in a room over the garage where the guy had all his radio stuff. It was a 35 question multiple choice test, the questions coming from a bank of 400+. So I had to study all 400, not knowing which ones would be in the 35. Of course with multiple... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, November 7, 2020

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A Pen Pal I don?t know? Have you ever seen the movie "84 Charing Cross Road" with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins (1986)?  The story is about a woman in New York (Anne Bancroft) who likes English writers (this is in 1951). She's has a hard time finding the books she wants in New York but discovers a Book store in London that has everything. She writes the book store asking about some books and they have all of them for very cheap $2 - $3 each. The guy at... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, October 31, 2020