Bank where my father, James, worked. He would take me to the bank on Sunday afternoons and let me use the typewriters and adding machines and money counter. My mother was the cashier at the cigar counter across the street in Browns and I spent many an hour hanging onto the counter. It was an odd way to spend time in childhood but there is nothing today to compare it to.
Newport was a great little city back in the 40s and 50s. I miss that Newport! Thanks Judson for bring it back if only for a little while.
Rex, from an old geezer who was in retailing for 55 years had lots of chances to loan money…. What had he spotted? Salinger or Nelle Harper Lee. Pretension is just not in our Arkansas DNA.
Newport writer pens ‘racially healing’ novel
Dad left coaching in Hout still refers to him as Coach Nelson. I like that. Most people think they have a novel in them. The difference between Dr.
Hout and the vast majority of us is that he actually wrote his novel. And he found a publisher — Ted Parkhurst of Little Rock. This first novel deserves wider publicity, however. Logging In Profile cancel Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Facebook. Bud Parrot is a young Black man who has always worked in the cotton fields of Jackson County, Arkansas.
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He fashions a better life for himself, but he cannot do that in the South in which he lives. So, Bud travels to Birmingham, Alabama to seek his fortune in either a steel mill or a mine. Along the way, he is introduced to warm and caring strangers who teach him how to survive hobo style. When Bud reaches Birmingham at the age of 16 or 17 he is not sure of his date of birth , he immediately obtains a job at an industrial mill and is invited to join the company Negro baseball team.
Bud proves to be talented, both at work and at sports. He is soon noticed by a Northern sponsor who has already hired Satchel Paige for the newly-formed Pittsburgh team. Along with a new career and a new job, Bud befriends an elderly woman and her granddaughter who is the most beautiful woman Bud has ever met. They marry, have children and then, tragedy strikes. Bud leaves Pittsburgh, emotionally devastated and physically unmotivated. He goes back to his boyhood home in Arkansas, only to see that everything he knew and everyone he loved is gone.
But, as fortune would have it, a White family named Wood takes to Bud, and he is incorporated into the family.
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Bud gets an education in farm management and, also, in the changing social conditions of the South. Judson Hout has created a memorable portrait of mid-century Southern culture. He mixes humor with poignant and painful moments in time. Those unfamiliar with life prior to Civil Rights acts will be mesmerized by the author's description of the Black experience in both Northern and Southern settings. The author probably best summarized the experiences when he concluded that, from the standpoint of the African American, Southerners disliked the race but they accepted the man, while in the North, whites accepted the race but rejected the man.
Such insight is probably only available to a man who lived through the times with an open heart and insightful eyes. Reviewed by Karen P. See all Product description. Braden, M.
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