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Plowin' the back forty
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geo in Mi    Posted 04-16-2002 at 17:56:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Darn, while I was out today I missed all the excitement about the the guy sittin' in the pasture. Reminded me of the time, many years ago, after the first Dutch elm blight took all our trees in the pasture near the road. These babies were huge, so Dad decided we could make a barn out of 'em. I was barely a teenager, and needless to say, Dad worked my behind off, with me complainin' all day long, on the other side of the crosscut saw. Well, as luck would have it, the tree nearest the road twisted as it fell, taking out about six of the party line phones up and down the road. As we were cleaning up and getting ready to go into town to get some hot dogs(for the weiner roast) and to contact the phone company, this black 49 Merc, complete with lowering blocks, skirts, whitewalls, visor, duals, and twin antennas rolls to a stop at the downed tree. A young fella gets out, pulls a tripod and camera from the trunk of the Merc, hops over what was left of the fence, sets up the camera gear, then he sits down on the log, puts on a cowboy hat, and starts posin' for the camera............

Dad decided he probably ought to investigate, so he ambled through the pasture, chatted with the fellow for a couple of minutes, and came back scratching his head. Said he was an actor, just coming back from Broadway, and on his way to Hollywood.........couldn't afford to hire a publicity man, so this was a "do it yourself project" for him.

Turned out to be James Dean, who lived just up the way about fifteen miles from home.............

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