The Prodigal Son

Posted in GSU photo archive, Religion by chamblee54 on September 16, 2015






Luke 15 1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of G-d over one sinner that repenteth. 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. Text for today’s story is from Bible Gateway. Here is a commentary on The Power of Parable . Here is a discussion about this parable. This is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.






Yesterday, this facility published the text of Luke 15, also known as The Prodigal Son. The titular phrase does not appear in the King Jimmy text. The story is a parable, that is, a made up story to teach a lesson. Those who say every word of the Bible is true somehow miss this.
The Prodigal Son is a popular story. It is well known, and speaks of forgiveness. Some unkind people say that Jesus worshipers like to be forgiven, and do not like to forgive. There is plenty of evidence for this observation. Lets just say that lots of people don’t want to take responsibility for their actions. If your pie in the sky hero to forgives you, then you can have a cleaner conscience.
PG was at a memorial service once. The guest of honor was a leather wearing pagan. The minister, who had met the deceased one time, told the story of the Prodigal Son. It made PG feel better.
The forgotten character in this story is the older brother. He was faithful to his father, stayed at home and helped out, only to see his wayward brother welcomed back with joy. The father never killed a fatted calf for the elder brother. Maybe the elder brother deserved it more. Sometimes, life is not fair. Some say this is more than a parable. Maybe it is three units of bull.







The New MLK

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Race, The Internet by chamblee54 on September 15, 2015











Part of the problem with the Social Justice Jihad is the tsunami of rhetoric. Millions of words come out every day, often with great anger, passion, and volume. If you doubt the truth of anything you hear, you run the risk of being called (cue dramatic music) racist. The simple truth is that a lot of what is said is simply not true. When you ask someone for documentation for their claims, the fun begins.

@THEAlleyeceeing Same people that said victims of police violence should’ve just respected the law are calling #KimDavis the new MLK.
chamblee54 @THEAlleyeceeing @fieldnegro
Do you have links showing one person having these two opinions?
@THEAlleyeceeing @chamblee54 @fieldnegro Huckabee Cruz should I type it for you as well?
chamblee54 @THEAlleyeceeing @fieldnegro
i asked for links you know, documented evidence rather than just you heard it
@THEAlleyeceeing @chamblee54
you could have googled it by now instead of still expecting me to do your work.
chamblee54 @THEAlleyeceeing i did google the last part, the only one saying that is Rick Santorum-you were the one speaking without evidence or backup

The tweeter who started this is THE CONNET @THEAlleyeceeing. The profile says “Social Media Assassins Guild, Assassins Embassy.” There is a link, When you click on the link, you get this message: “We Looked Everywhere For This Page! (Error 404) But maybe we can still help you find what you’re looking for.”

When you google the phrase “calling #KimDavis the new MLK,” you find an article, Santorum Compares Kim Davis’ Jailing to Martin Luther King’s. The former senator, aka frothy mix, was on a radio show. After praising Kim Davis, Mr. Santorum noted that “Martin Luther King went to jail because he didn’t follow the law.” Is this calling Kim Davis the new MLK? Some say it does, while others disagree. What did “Huckabee Cruz” say? Who knows?

Later in the interview, Mr. Santorum said the Iran Nuclear Deal was “The greatest betrayal … in the history of our country.” A quick google search for “victims of police violence should’ve just respected the law Rick Santorum” did not yield any results. Google corrected the spelling of respect.

When you say something online, you should show where you got your information. Memes, and twitter, are not conducive to backing up your rhetoric. When people get mad when you ask them for documentation, that is an indication that they don’t know what they are talking about. This reckless dissemination of bogus information is a serious problem for the social justice jihad. Just because you talk loud does not mean you are telling the truth.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. UPDATE:
‏@fieldnegro @chamblee54 @thealleyeceeing Well her lawyer compared her to MLK. And so did your fellow wingnut on FOX. https://rawstory…

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chamblee54 @fieldnegro @THEAlleyeceeing firefox said the link to raw story was “untrusted” -i do not watch FOX, and nobody there is “fellow wingnut”
chamblee54 @fieldnegro @THEAlleyeceeing here is what i found out by doing the research that The Connet should have done
@THEAlleyeceeing @chamblee54 @fieldnegro 😂😂😂😂it only took you 8 hours.
@THEAlleyeceeing @chamblee54 KimDavis is no MLK #MLKim
chamblee54 @THEAlleyeceeing That is something I agree with
@THEAlleyeceeing @chamblee54 that was sohars to find.








Rawhide Regret

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 15, 2015

















Adventures With Obamacare

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 14, 2015

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After making the bold move of getting out of bed, PG was ready for action. He was not afraid to answer the phone. It was a robo call from the Health Insurance Marketplace. There were some issues with your account. Please call this 800 number, and tell them you got this call. PG did not listen fast enough to catch the number. Not that he would call it anyway.

When dealing with Government agencies, it is a good idea to answer phone calls and letters. Even if you thought you covered it, another agent may have a different opinion. Obamacare is sort of a good idea, with multiple implementation issues. Both G-d, and the Devil, are in the details.

The first stop was the O-care website. It had been a while since PG visited this facility. The device asked PG to choose a new password. The link was sent to the email address. The link was selected. First you have to answer the security questions. Since PG wrote down these details, this should be easy. No, the device did not like the answers PG gave. Click on the link, start over, and provide the security questions with a few more capital letters. PG was allowed to create a new password.

The new password was written, copied, and pasted into the appropriate fields. Then it was time to log on to HIM wonderland. The password was pasted into the appropriate field. The device said the password was not correct. Refresh the page, enter the user name, include a capital letter at the start, manually type in the password. Bingo.

The site did not show any problems. The same two messages that PG downloaded in April are still there. It is time to call the HIM 800 number, and talk to a person. Maybe the Health Insurance Marketplace needs a gender neutral acronym. Is Obamacare masculine, or feminine?

So the HIM 800 number is called. PG knew to press zero,and speak to an operator. The voice answering droid asked what state PG was in. Georgia. What was that, we cannot understand you. Georgia, with a bit of anger. We cannot understand you. We need to know what state you bought insurance in. Georgia, a bit louder and angrier. We cannot understand what you are saying. Please enter the zip code in the touch tone keypad.

After seven minutes on hold, a very nice man appeared. He looked in his computer, and did not see any problems. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. The spell check suggestions for robo: robot, rob, robe, hobo.










Data Inspired Stories

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 14, 2015











“All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law” Theodore Roosevelt ~ KimKierkegaardashian ‏@KimKierkegaard I’m in an airplane bathroom taking selfies. What is happiness except this simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? ~ Join Over 500,000 Smart People Subscribe to The Angle to get data-inspired stories weekly, crafted by our editorial team. Simply enter your email address and subscribe. You’ll love it! ~ I’m Christian, But I’m Not ~ I was exchanging emails with a friend Friday night, and she sent me a schedule for the festival. I saw the appearance of Erica Jong had started. I was disappointed, not knowing that I would need a ticket to attend. It turns out there was some drama. ~ Do you have a link for those numbers? I suspect they are close to the truth. However, with memes, you have to take the word of the statistic slinger. In this case, it is someone, whose initials are BS, who has an axe to grind. ~ One of the rhetorical points made these days is the concept that America “was built on the backs of oppressed people”. In this clip, an Economics professor takes issue with that idea. ~ @sadqueer4life i posted “the internet seems like a safe & fun place” on fb and someone commented telling me to kill myself ~ Sometimes, the better question is “Why is this person still on the payroll?” ~ people who sort of self identify as white in an obvious way ~ @haroldpollack @glennloury ~ The people this reminds me of did very little work, unless you count jaw muscles. ~ I like PWOC … people without color … so does the sunscreen industry. ~ I keep a word document on my desktop. When something gets my attention, I write my comment there. Sometimes I post it. Often I do not. On Monday morning, I post this document. Very few people read it. ~ The riff about white privilege is curious. Yes, white people have unearned advantages. The thing is, comedy is not about being fair. It is about being funny. The comedy product that you choose to consume should make you laugh. It should not be based on being fair to different groups of people. ~ Theodore Roosevelt State of the Union 1906 – 3 December 1906 ~ Walter Williams ~ ‘No Blacks’ Is Not a Sexual Preference. It’s Racism ~ another quiz ~ What about black guys that say whites only, or white guys that say blacks only? What about not liking people who are eager judge the racial attitudes of others? Are their SJW groupies? And what color hankerchief should you wear in your back pocket? ~ I think this thread is heavy on the mistaken stereotypes. It is all about white men who don’t like black men. If you look at the hookup profiles, you will see all kinds of scenarios. There are white men who like black men exclusively. There are black men who like whites only. There are people of various categories, who like specific categories for their hookups. Is this a problem? Is this not a problem? Is this (cue monster movie music) racism? Does gay men’s preferences for hookup partners a causal factor for institutional systemic discrimination, or is it just tacky manners? ~ At 1:16, there was a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. The man said, there has got to be a middle. The internet took a break. Bars flashing from dark gray to light gray appeared in the middle of the screen. ~ @chamblee54 @whittmman Just found this new app which lets you know which family members are racist. It’s called a mirror. ~ @raylewis #blackslogansmatter ~ @brian_bilston The grammar police got him, split his infinitive open, removed his colon, left him lying commatose. The next day, he was pronouned dead. ~ that’s not writing that’s word processing ~ pictures from The Library of Congress. ~ selah











Measuring Racism

Posted in Library of Congress, Race by chamblee54 on September 13, 2015

PG hears the word “racist” tossed casually so much, he suspects it has lost it’s meaning. Dictionary definitions are of little use. The meaning of the word depends on who is saying it.

The modest suggestion here is for a seven point scale to measure racism. Zero would be totally colorblind, and six would be metaphysical hate. For the sake of simplicity, this scale, in the beginning, will only apply to white-black relations in the United States.

The model for this is the Kinsey scale. In his books on human sexuality, Dr. Kinsey described a seven point scale. Zero was totally heterosexual, and six was totally homosexual.

PG does not have a clue how to write a test for this scale, or how to score this test. White people see racism differently than black people. White people are affected by racism in different ways than black people. Different cultures view racism in different ways.

How would PG score on this scale? He has black friends and black enemies. Certain parts of black culture are enjoyable, and certain parts make him want to turn the radio off.

PG does not like people that do not like PG. When it is us against them, you need to remember which one you are. How does this register on this racism scale? It depends on who does the judging.

This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

O Hymen! O Hymenee!

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 12, 2015











Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, Quotes, Race, The Internet by chamblee54 on September 12, 2015

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Ray Lewis used to play pro football. Wednesday, he appeared at a “public safety summit” in Newark NJ. Mr. Lewis said “”Remove the word black and say ‘lives matter,’Stop sending mothers back home empty. You can never replace a mother’s child. If we want black lives matter, let’s make it matter to us. That’s the new call.”

Twitter nation was not amused. #Raylewis was a trending subject for a day or so, until the latest hashtag hatching. Tweet superstar Deray Mckesson led the charge. “Who can call Ray Lewis and let him know that “all lives matter” ain’t it? Because this is the only tweet I’ve got for him tonight.”

Many commenters said that Mr. Lewis had killed someone, and should not be discussing whether lives matter. They were referring to an incident in Buckhead, after the 2000 Super Bowl. If you read beyond the headline, you learn that Mr. Lewis almost certainly did not kill the young men. Those calling Mr. Lewis a murderer probably don’t read past the first sentence of his quote.

Many say the City of Atlanta was too hasty in charging Mr. Lewis with the murder. The prospect of a high profile prosecution was enchanting to the local criminal justice establishment. The case quickly fell apart during the trial. Mr. Lewis accepted a plea bargain for lesser charges. This is a common problem, when you allow justice to become a popularity contest.

There is one tweet that stands out. @Delo_Taylor “No @raylewis I will not remove my blackness to appease white supremacy. So disappointed right now. #BlackLivesMatter” Another has been deleted, but lives on nonetheless. “I cant. No patience for coonery.”

It should not be surprising that people say foolish things on twitter. Nor should it be noteworthy for politicians. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said “People want to talk about violence without talking about inequality because they benefit from inequality,” Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.











Nine Eleven Story

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 11, 2015





This is my 911 story. I repeat it every year at this time. If you saw it last year, it has not changed. Feel free to skip the text and look at the pictures, from The Library of Congress.

I was at work, and someone called out that someone had run a plane into the World Trade Center. I didn’t think much of it, until I heard that the second tower had been hit, then the Pentagon, then the towers collapsed, then a plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

I focused on my job most of the day. There was always a lot of melodrama at that facility, and concentrating on my production duties helped to keep me saner. This was roughly the halfway point of my seven year tenure at this place.

One of the other workers was a bully for Jesus. He was a hateful loudmouth. After the extent of the damage became known, he shouted “They are doing this for Allah,” and prayed at his desk. The spectacle of the BFJ praying made me want to puke.

I became alienated from Jesus during these years. Once, I had once been tolerant of Christians and Jesus, as one would be with an eccentric relative. I began to loath the entire affair. I hear of others who found comfort in religion during this difficult time. That option simply was not available for me.





Mustache Misogyny

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 10, 2015









I’m Christian, Butt I’m Not

Posted in Library of Congress, Religion, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 10, 2015










PG does not keep up with viral videos. He depends on warm-and-fuzzies like Matt Walsh and Mollie Ziegler Hemingway for periodic outrage alerts. The latest target of the screed stoppers is from Buzzfeed Yellow, I’m Christian, But I’m Not. The latest report from YouTube shows 765,694 views. Viral is not as hot as it used to be.

The video shows some well scrubbed younguns. They say things like “I’m Christian but I’m not close-minded … but I am not judgmental … but I don’t place myself on a pedestal.” (Thank you Mollie Ziegler Hemingway for the transcript.)

The next part is the answer to the question “What are you?” The high point of this is where the girl says “I do believe in monogamy before sex but I will give you sex advice if you need it.” The last part is answers to “What do you want people to know about Christianity?” “We shouldn’t be judged on just the people that you see in the media, or just the people that you’ve met in everyday life. every Christian is different, and we deserve a chance to explain ourselves.”

Well, no you don’t. PG has had a horrendous experience with Jesus. The “bad Christians” are often the loudest, and make the deepest impressions. The “bad Christians” are usually supported by the “good Christians.” The sorry behavior is somehow excused by the ideology. After all, Jesus died for your sins, we are going to heaven, and you are going to hell. And we deserve a chance to shove that rhetoric in your face one more time.

If you type in “I’m Christian but I’m not” to Google, and it’s wholly owned subsidiary YouTube, you will see the critics loud and clear. Many have pointed out that ICBIN does not say the name “Jesus.” Others say that Christians are supposed to be hated. The YouTube comments are bizarre, as usual.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.









Tomorrow Is Another Day

Posted in Book Reports, Georgia History, GSU photo archive, History by chamblee54 on September 9, 2015



PG managed to miss the Decatur Book Festival this year. One friend made it.

“This program was followed, after another walk through the vendor area back to the public library’s auditorium, by a staged reading of a short play, Tommorrow Is Another Day. The setting: the apartment of Atlanta novelist Margaret Mitchell and her husband John Marsh, on a morning in December 1939, two days before the movie version of Mitchell’s famous book premiers in Atlanta’s Lowe’s Theater. Mitchell’s African-American housekeeper of many years has almost finished reading Mitchell’s book, and Mitchell asks for her housekeeper’s opinion of it. What the Mitchell’s housekeeper tells Mitchell and her husband made for compelling theater!”

The play is fiction. From what this slack blogger has read about Peggy Marsh, she probably did not give books to her household help. It is possible that the cleaning lady did not know how to read. The playwrite, Addae Moon, had to use dramatic license to tell his side of the story.

“…the 43-year-old black writer found he liked some things about the 79-year-old novel. Not everything, of course. “I got frustrated with it. I had to put it down because I got angry.” But he’d pick it up later and keep going. “I totally understand Margaret’s desire to tell your point of view and your truth, but I also can understand what it feels like to be the victim of someone else’s truth…. It’s easy to be critical of the movie, which is more cartoonish, but, to me, the book is so much more complex.”

It has been a long time since PG read GWTW. It is tough to imagine it from the perspective of a contemporary Black man. GWTW was written by a White woman, of a byegone era. There are many sides to the story. This post will try to tell a few. The rest of it is a double repost from a few years ago. If that does not satisfy your lust for trivia, you can check out the Margaret Mitchell page at (It is full of errors, like calling her “Maggie”.) Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

As we started to discuss the other day, PG is reading I Remember Margaret Mitchell by Yolande Gwin. It starts with August 11, 1949. Margaret Mitchell, known to her friends as Peggy Marsh, went to to see “A Canterbury Tale” at the Peachtree Art Theater. She left her apartment on Piedmont Avenue, accompanied by her husband John. They parked across the street, and Mrs. Marsh was struck by a taxi, driven by Hugh D. Gravitt. She died August 16, 1949.

This story contradicts what PG heard about the accident. The other story is that Mrs. Marsh had been at the Atlanta Women’s Club, having cocktails, where her husband met her. In this account, Mrs. Marsh was bombed, and never knew what hit her. (One mile south west, and fifty five years later, PG had an encounter with a speeding taxi.)

On page 23, another myth is challenged. The traditional story is that if you asked Margaret Mitchell if she based Scarlet O’Hara on herself, she would look horrified. “Scarlet O’Hara was a hussy”. This view is challenged by an Atlanta native, who went to a party, and saw that Margaret Mitchell was the life of the party. “Scarlet O’Hara is certainly the personification of Margaret Mitchell”.

Margaret Mitchell was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal. She married John Marsh on July 4, 1925, and injured her ankle in 1926. Every day Mr. Marsh brought home books to his bedridden wife. One day, he brought home a writing pad, and said “You have read everything I’ve brought you so now you write a book.”

The couple lived in a small apartment on Crescent Avenue, across from a mural of a southern colonel. (I would even go north for Southern Bread) They moved out of “the dump”, in 1932, to an apartment at 4 17th Street. When Peggy sold a few books, and John’s career at Georgia Power prospered, they moved to the Della Manta. This was at the corner of Piedmont and South Prado, across from her beloved Piedmont Driving Club.

Mrs. Marsh wrote and wrote, preferring a typewriter to a writing pad. Each chapter was kept in a manila envelope, which were piled up all over the place. Some chapters were re written sixty times. In 1935, Harold Latham, of MacMillan Publishers, was in the south looking for talent. He persuaded Mrs. Marsh to let him look at her book, and would not give it back to her.

The title of her book was borrowed from a poem by Ernest Dawson, Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae . The line of the poem was “I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, (spell check suggestion: Canary) in my fashion; I forgot much Cynara, Gone With The Wind!”

The book became a runaway best seller. Macy’s of New York helped by ordering 50,000 copies. The idea was to offer GWTW as a loss leader, as Gimbels was doing. Federal price controls ruled this to be illegal, and Macy’s returned 35,000 copies to the publisher.

The first printing of GWTW has a mistake on the back page. The book was published June 30, 1936. The first edition says, on back of the title page, “Published May 1939”.

David Selznick bought the rights to GWTW, and you probably know the rest of that story. Shortly before the premiere of GWTW, someone at the Piedmont Driving Club pulled a chair out from under Mrs. Marsh. She had not started to stand up. Mrs. Marsh crashed hard on the floor, and hurt her back. This would require two rounds of back surgery.

Celestine Sibley tells a story about the Atlanta Women’s Press Club. Miss Sibley moved to Atlanta in 1941, and went to her first AWPC meeting, at the Henry Grady Hotel. “A plump little woman in a funny Carmen Miranda style hat” noticed the newcomer, and started to talk to her. In the early days of the war, there were blackouts, to save the city from German bombers. The plump little woman was an air raid warden in the area around Piedmont Park. Finally, Miss Sibley said she had to go catch the Piedmont-Morningside bus. Peggy Marsh said she had a car, and could take her home.

PG is reading I Remember Margaret Mitchell by Yolande Gwin. It is a collection of memories of Peggy Marsh, who wrote “Gone with the Wind”. ( If you didn’t know that, just close this window, and go look for your “friends” on facebook.)

Yolande Gwin was for many years the society editor of the Atlanta Constitution. She wrote a review of GWTW in 1936, before it’s publication. Mrs. Marsh sent her a letter of appreciation…
“I never dreamed you were going to give me so much space. I thought, as the resume of the story was so long. that you’d just give an introductory paragraph and let me ride. And I’d have ridden, just as happy as a n—-r at a hog killing. But all that space, so long a story. so completely flattering a story – well. I’m still blushing about the ankles, as Jurgen once remarked … And oh, Yolande. how nice of you to refer to me as a “young author!” Me, who have passed the broiling stage and the frying stage and am rapidly approaching the roasting and baking stage. “
There is probably going to be a second post about I Remember Margaret Mitchell. Chamblee54 is not responsible for GWTW junkies who overdose on Margaret Mitchell trivia. This post is about fact checking, google, and how a couple of simple questions can turn into an all afternoon goose chase.

There are two basic questions: Was Yolande Gwin married, and did she work for the Journal or the Constitution? As for the first, the expression Ms. sounds like a mosquito with a speech impediment, and is not appropriate for use with an society page writer. The trouble is, Miss or Mrs. depends on the marital status of the woman. After an hour or so of looking up google results, PG cannot find out whether or not Yolande Gwin was married. Sometimes, the correct answer is “I don’t know”.

As for the second, an obituary for the lady says that she wrote for the Journal-Constitution for fifty years. The fact is, the Journal and Constitution were separate papers until they were combined in 1982. (Cox Enterprises bought the Constitution in 1950. This made the Journal and the Constitution sister papers, rather than competitors.) As for who Yolande Gwin wrote for, there are contradictory stories on the internet. A google book about rural electrification says that Yolande Gwin wrote for the Constitution. The Atlanta History Center says the Yolande Gwin wrote for the Journal. They have a picture of the lady, with a ghastly AHC watermark across her face.

Another google book, The last linotype: the story of Georgia and its newspapers since World War II By Millard B. Grimes confirms that Yolande Gwin worked for the Constitution.
“”One day I was sitting there looking at a blank sheet of paper; I didn’t have any news. And that’s when I happened to remember kidding Peggy (Margaret Mitchell) about writing the “Great American Novel.” so I called her up and said, ‘How about that Great American Novel. have you ever finished it? I need some news.’ She said, ‘You won’t believe it, but Macmillan has taken it.’ And I said, ‘Goody, goody. Grand.’ And I put a piece in the column (written under the name Sally Forth) about it, never expecting it to be what it was, you know.” The dale was February 9, 1936.”