A Local Kid (Does Only O.k.)

A Local Kid (Does Only O.k.)

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A Local Kid (Does Only O.K.)is a witty and affectionate account of one boy's growing up in Rogers, Arkansas in the late forties and the fifties in the days before malls, credit cards, and big-box stores when people shopped and found entertainment in what is now the qhistoricq town center. A 1960 graduate of Rogers High School, Bassham recalls his checkered employment history as a soda jerk, dishwasher, fry cook, carpenter, and sports reporter (at age 17) for the oldRogers Daily News. Begun as a family history for his two daughters, this qremembranceq of his home town in the years after World War II grew into something more: a collection of lessons learned at the Presbyterian church; of triumphs and (mostly) disappointments on the gridiron and the basketball court; his brief career as a clarinetist under the spell of local musical prodigy Maxie Gundlach; Ben's love of the cars that graced dealers' showrooms; his devotion to fifties' television shows, and the many hours spent watching movies at the old Victory Theater. A cast of colorful local personalities comes alive in his portraits of town qcharacters, q its leading citizens (including qCactusq Clark, Joe Bill Hackler, Rev. Robert Moser, Heston Juhre, and others), and the author's eccentric relatives. Junk food consumed, clubs joined and abandoned, favorite qparkingq spots, old days at the Monte Ne qPyramids, q and fun times on the White River in pre-Beaver Dam days are also lovingly recalled in this enjoyably off-beat autobiography.(A few years back for fun I took an early VW Beatle for a spin and found that steering and braking required a surprisingly rigorous ... Absent in almost all cars was automatic transmission, so most of us learned to drive with three-speed manualanbsp;...

Title:A Local Kid (Does Only O.k.)
Author: Ben L. Bassham
Publisher:iUniverse - 2012-06

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