KIRBY: When it comes to music, an old story

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.


– Madeleine L’Engle


Everett Fernandez shares this list of old music favorites being re-released for baby boomers (I fit three out of six):

Carly Simon – “You’re So Varicose Vein”

ABBA – “Denture Queen”

Procol Harem – “A Whiter Shade of Hair”

Herman’s Hermits – “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Walker”

The Who – “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Medication”


MORE MAIL: Walter Schmidt of Augusta sent a note after my recent article on Augusta’s barbecue baron Clem Castleberry. He writes:

“An exceptional person. I worked for Castleberry’s Foods in the early 1970s as director of purchasing. At that time its signature Pit Cooked Pork &Beef Barbecue were just two of a large line of canned meat products.

One of their most successful products was Hot Dog Chili. There was never a week that would go by that tens of thousands of cans were not produced and shipped from 15th Street.

“At that time all of their barbecue products were truly pit-cooked over charcoal. I must have purchased half the hardwood trees in Arkansas in the form of Royal Oak charcoal briquettes, and the pit room was the largest in the United States.

“When we were cooking barbecue and the nearby Colonial Bread bakery was baking bread, one could stand on 15th street, take a deep breath, and gain five pounds from the aromas alone. By the way, as I remember it, if the plant was open, Clem was in his office. He no longer took an active part in running the plant, but he did look after his business daily.

“When things are too good, one can count on the federal government to step in to muddy the water. The EPA in its infinite wisdom determined that the pit-cooking operation produced too much air pollution and ruled that Castleberry’s install air scrubbers, a multimillion-dollar expense, or close down the pit-cooking operation.”


YOUR CARDS: Travis and Nita Doss of Augusta sent a funny postcard from Alaska (it shows grizzly bears sitting around) to report that the temperature was really warm.

“We’ve learned all about Mount Denali and going on the 1,100-mile dog sled race. Don’t think we’ll do either.”

And Norman and Margaret Jewett Taylor of Evans were in Hendersonville, N.C., for the Apple Festival. They also swung through Mount Airy, N.C., the “Mayberry” - themed town that features so many places from the old Andy Griffith TV show.


TODAY’S JOKE: A customer calls the round-the-clock tech support hotline to ask what hours the call center is open.

“The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says the technician who answers the call.

Customer asks, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time?”