Roy Rogers sang Christmas songs too

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.


– Thomas J. Watson

I’m wrong again.

I asked you all to e-mail me your nominations for Favorite Christmas Songs, and the distinguished Clyde Lester, horticulturus emeritus for much of our region, quickly voted for Gene Autry’s Frosty the Snowman.

As most of you know, Clyde is not only an expert on plants but also an expert on singing cowboys.

I replied, saying it was a shame my own cowboy favorite, Roy Rogers, didn’t do Christmas music, but I was wrong. I checked YouTube, and Roy sings Christmas stuff, too. Just not as good as Gene.

And if you want to vote on best Christmas song, e-mail me your thoughts.

Bill Dekle and Pat Harmon already have.


My latest Kirby’s Augusta history video is about our town’s founder, James Oglethorpe. My favorite part is the story of Oglethorpe and the German general.

You can watch it at


TESTING TIMES: It’s Finals Week for the college student who used to live in our house, and Everett Fernandez took the time to explain how grades are determined with his inside look at how professors grade final exams:

• Department of Statistics: All grades are fitted to a normal curve.

• Department of Psychology: Students are asked to blot ink in their exam books, close them and turn them in. The professor opens the books and assigns the first grade that comes to mind.

• Department of History: All students get the same grade they got last year.

• Department of Theology: Grade is determined by God.

• Department of Philosophy: What is a grade?

• Each Music Depart­ment: Each student must figure out his grade by listening to the instructor play the corresponding note.

• Law School: Students are asked to defend their position of why they should receive an A when they really deserve an F.


YOUR MAIL: Pat and Wayne Fuller, of North Augusta, send postcards from Key West and Aruba, where they say pictures can’t capture the area’s beauty.

Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, say they had a great time on their monthlong November vacation. They write, “Now we leave our fantasy world and rejoin reality!”

(Reality’s ready, folks.)


TODAY’S JOKE: PJ Rodgers, of Evans, shares this one:

A mother asked her son, “Why don’t you go over next door and see how old Mrs. Smith is this morning?”

The boy came back in a few minutes and promptly reported, “Mrs. Smith said to tell you her age is none of your business.”



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