Submitted by Neal Murphy

“Button It Up” by Neal Murphy

April 9, 2021 - The lowly button has been around for centuries. In modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic. They are found on most all types of clothing from dresses, shirts, blue jeans, and even suits.

Buttons made of seashell have been found that date back to around 2000 BC. Some buttons, used more as an ornament than as a fastening device, have been found which dated back about 5,000 years.

“Where Have the Car Hood Ornaments Gone?” by Neal Murphy

April 1, 2021 - As a young lad back in the 1950's, one of my favorite things to do was to ogle all the new cars that appeared in the local dealerships every October. I would examine details of interest on all the new models. I particularly enjoyed the hood ornaments peculiar to every brand auto. The all had hood ornaments on them, and I knew just by looking at the ornament what make car it was. Fast forward to today: you do not see a hood ornament on any car. What happened to them?

“Red Necks and Good Ole Boys” by Neal Murphy

March 25, 2021 - East Texas is an area of the country in which “red necks” and “good ole boys” live, along with most of the deep southern states. I know some of them and I suspect that you do as well. Most people think that the “red necks” and the “good ole boys” are one in the same. They are mistaken as there are notable differences. I will list a few of the differences here.

“Washer Pitching” by Neal Murphy

March 19, 2021 - When I was in high school during the 1950s, the game of washer pitching (Texas horseshoes) was a favorite pastime of us students. Before school, during the lunch break, and even after school one could see boys pitching washers. Occasionally a girl would participate, but it was mostly a masculine game. I loved to play and got reasonably good at it.

Broom Lore by Neal Murphy

March 15, 2021 - The lowly broom has been around our civilization for centuries. It is said that Benjamin Franklin introduced broomcorn to the United States in 1725. He is said to have picked a single broomcorn seed of a Philadelphia lady, planted it, and grew the first broom corn in the United States.

“Locked In” by Neal Murphy

February 26, 2021 - My partner and I were on patrol that summer evening in 1973. We were checking on events in the northern part of Harris County and strangely, things were rather quiet. We turned East on FM525, which we routinely identified as “five and a quarter” when talking on the police radio. We were having some difficulty with our radio as it would go off and back on. My partner, the driver, decided that we were suffering from a loose connection at the base of the radio unit which was located in the trunk of the car.

"Are Men Still Relevant?" by Neal Murphy

January 29, 2021 - It seems that the twenty-first century has produced a general feeling among the female of the species that men are no longer needed. I read articles and see programs on television produced by young, liberated feminists who espouse the idea that they have no need for a man in their lives. They are educated, own their own businesses, and only need a man for pro-creation. They can then rear their children alone – who needs a man around? Any time a program or commercial needs a dufus, guess who gets that part – the white guy.


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