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  • Butch had fun at the old pool room
    Friday, February 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    "Fellers, I served Butch his first ice cream cone at the pool room, and after that first lick, his eyes were as big as silver dollars!" . . . I guess that I listened to my barber, Slim Greve, tell that to his customers hundreds of times . . . in fact, almost every time he cut my hair. Now you might wonder why a barber would be serving ice cream in a pool hall. 
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  • Butch remembers popular "loafing" place for guys
    Friday, February 12, 2021 8:55 AM
    One of Darlington's best-known citizens, Larry Binford, passed away last week. Larry served in the National Guard, sold petroleum, was a member of the town board and fire department, and was also well-known as a toy tractor collector. But to most people around here, he was best known as the owner of Binford's Service, the gas station and car repair garage located at the corner of Main and Madison streets. In the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, this establishment was the most popular hang-out . . . or "loafing spot" for many men of the community. Larry purchased the business from Alex Cox, the renowned teacher, coach, and practical jokester in 1964 . . . and he kept the tradition going.
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  • Butch says not to order Sea Monkeys
    Friday, February 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you grew up in the 1950s, you likely read comic books. There were hundreds of different comics to suit every kid's imagination, and they were cheap . . . usually costing a dime or less. I mowed seven yards for people in Darlington, charging $1.00 for each lawn. I spent a little money, but mostly I saved it, hoping to buy a Cushman motor scooter when I was 13. Sawdust sundaes at the drug store were a necessity, but comic books were not, so I just read the comics that Slim Greve kept in the front window of his barbershop.
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  • Butch makes quick trip . . . to GIRLS bathroom!
    Friday, January 29, 2021 9:16 AM
    Did you do any really CRAZY things when you were a teenager? Yeah, that's what I thought. I guess just about everyone has. When you reach my age, you start thinking about stuff like that . . . all the good things you have done in your life . . . and all of the really dumb things. Here is an example of the latter.
    In the winter of 1961, I was 13 years old and a 7th grade student at good ol' Darlington school. Like the other boys in my class, I was between childhood and adolescence, and becoming more interested in girls.
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  • Butch's ’57 Sunday School Scrapbook still holds lessons
    Friday, January 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of my Sunday school teachers, Marian Doubet, passed away a few weeks ago. Marian, along with Mary Price, taught Sunday school for younger children at the Darlington Methodist church in the 1950s. One year, after each weekly lesson, we were given a typed summary or quotation on construction paper, which we then glued in our scrapbook. I found my scrapbook a few years ago, tucked away in a box of childhood photos that my mother had saved for me before she had to go to a nursing home.
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  • Butch found out why he is stubborn
    Friday, January 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    Yes, I am not afraid to admit it . . . I was born in October of 1948. Harry Truman was the president, and the citizens of our country had settled down to living normal lives again following the aftermath of World War II. My folks were married in December of 1947, so they wasted no time in starting a family, and I was their firstborn. They quickly discovered they had their hands full.
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  • Butch's Story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
    Friday, January 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    Once upon a time, a Town Mouse visited a cousin who lived in the country. For lunch, the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots and acorns. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, only nibbling at his food, and making it plain that he was only eating to be polite. After the meal, the Town Mouse bragged about how nice his life was in the city, while the Country Mouse quietly listened. 
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  • Butch's Predictions for 2021.......
    Friday, January 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Well, this past year has been just great, hasn't it? What I expected to be another "normal" year turned out to have lots of surprises, twists, and turns. And every day that I surveyed the news, it seemed that politicians and celebrities dominated the headlines, each trying to force upon me their skewed attitudes and what they consider their "correct" way of thinking. Well, they're wasting their time. I am set in my ways.
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  • Butch remembers best Christmas ever . . .
    Friday, December 25, 2020 4:00 AM
    Every Christmas I guess just about every child comes up with a "wish list" of items they would like to receive. My brothers and sisters and I were no different, as we always prepared a list of items that Santa (and his helpers) could look over and hopefully select two or three things for each of us. Our folks would always try to get us one gift on our list, and then add a few others that were considered "surprises."
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  • Butch lists favorite songs of politicians
    Friday, December 18, 2020 4:00 AM
    I was watching TV last week when an hour-long advertisement appeared on one of the channels. The hosts were selling "The Greatest hits of 1960s Doo Wop and Rock." The program featured the original performers singing their hits. The singers, many of whom are now in their 70s and 80s, still sounded the same for the most part; however, it certainly appeared some of them had not aged too well, and a few had definitely not skipped any meals in the last fifty years. Then I remembered that I wasn't exactly 15 years old any more either. At times I don't recognize the person I see in the mirror.
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  • Butch recalls funny classroom incidents
    Friday, December 11, 2020 4:00 AM
    I discovered early on that a teacher can never really predict what will happen in the classroom. If you are a beginning teacher, then all I can say is "Be Prepared!" I taught social studies, health and PE for grades 5 through 12 during most of my teaching career, although I did teach a few other subjects as needed by the administration. A few of the incidents are as follows . . . 
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  • Butch's letter from Becky Larrick Royer
    Friday, December 4, 2020 4:00 AM
    (NOTE: Becky Larrick Royer, a 1957 Darlington graduate, related the following memories to me in 2007, a few months before she passed away. The following is the letter in its entirety.)

    "Some of my fondest memories in junior high, before we had wheels, were of the many hours spent at the tiny Sunshine Theater, owned and operated by Charles and Pauline Marshall and their son John.
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  • Butch says it was a great day . . . for sure!!!!
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 6:23 AM
    In 1960 . . . What did you do today, Butch?
    "Well, I woke up at 7 a.m., and my Mom fixed me bacon and eggs, toast and jelly, and a glass of orange juice. Dad had already milked the cows and was back in the field plowing corn. I fed the sows, gathered the eggs and watered the calves. Then I walked over and helped my neighbor, Forrest Flaningam, collect honey from his beehives.
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  • Butch recalls funny happenings at Library
    Friday, November 20, 2020 4:00 AM
    If someone had told me when I was in high school that I would be a librarian, I would have told them they were crazy. The same holds true for my jobs as police officer and teacher. After receiving a scholarship to General Motors Institute as a senior, I had planned on being an electrical engineer. It's funny how life turns out, but I am very happy that I selected occupations that I enjoyed instead of choosing a job for the prestige or money.
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  • Butch tells of two boys who were bored in school
    Friday, November 13, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I started teaching junior high school in the fall of 1972, I was elated to be back at Darlington, where I graduated in 1966. I taught fifth, sixth and seventh grade social studies and elementary PE . . . and also coached basketball. My sister was in my geography class, and my brother was in my PE class. There were several second cousins in my classes, and to top it off, my Dad was a bus driver and the school custodian! I was also now teaching with many of the teachers who had taught me just a few years earlier.
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