George Smith: Time with Hank that never was
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Sunday morning drive time ....

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“Comb your hair and paint and powder

“You act proud and I’ll act prouder,

“You sing loud and I’ll sing louder,

“Tonight we’re sitting the woods on fire.”

Those were the opening lines Tuesday when I slipped a DVD from Netflix into the laptop and settled back for an hour and 26 minutes of back when I was young …

The title …

Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave.

The 1981 movie stars a Canadian (no less) by the name of Sneezy Waters. It is about an imaginary show Hank may have given had he not died in the back seat of his Cadillac en route to a show in Canton, Ohio.

That was Dec. 31, 1952. The movie is a remarkable little flick of a troubled soul of unimaginable talent, of a man who seared the heart of country music in the brief span of just four years. Those years dated from his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on June 11, 1949, until his death at age 29.

There are just three scenes in the movie, a roadside honky-tonk, the darkened back seat of his Cadillac convertible, and blurry headlights winding along snowy highways.

Waters bears a remarkable resemblance to Williams and he does perform all the songs. He’s no Hank, but sort of what you’d expect in a local honky-tonk from some guy doing Hank’s songs and dreaming of “being there” someday … but won’t ever.

If you have Netflix, order. If not, see what else you can do.

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QUOTABLE: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx
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A FEW years back, I mentioned to a young reporter that I had been married 40-something years … to the same woman.

“I can’t imagine that,” was her reply, shaking her head in disbelief.

I say that to ask your best wishes for 50 really good years for Alton and Veronica Stillwell Epperson, married to “the same person” since Aug. 26, 1961.

It is a love story typical for the time, high school sweethearts, he a football player, she a cheerleader. He was Class of ’59 at Ohatchee, she was Class of ’61.

It is a solid story from there. Veronica retired from the Circuit Clerk’s office, Alton from Alabama Power. Church home is Mt. Zion in Alexandria and fun is riding their buggy, attending bluegrass festivals, and camping.

And I thank their very proud daughter (only child) Penny Newton for letting me tell you that one …

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A PUBLIC thanks to a guy by the name of Chris Ryker, “yard” man at Block USA on McClellan Boulevard.

The blonde, out looking for castle blocks, called me from Block USA to come take a look. I did … and that’s when I met Chris.

The place was already closed, but Chris (only person around) spent better than 30 minutes “off the clock” helping us.

Block USA has a good one in Mr. Ryker.

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RECENTLY I mentioned that a perfect marriage consists of “a blind wife and a deaf husband.”

Well, I’ve got a “semi.”

My wife is NOT blind, but she says I am deaf … so there you go.

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GOT A good family recipe that’s never been published you’d like to share?

Well, Harold Harmon (H & M Drugs, Wedowee) would like to have a look at it.

“We’re doing a family and friends cookbook of unpublished recipes,” says Harmon. “Proceeds will go to Abaana’s Hope Orphanage in Uganda.”

If you’d like to contribute, send to

Thanks for the ride …

George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:

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