No Sweat: Memories of Southern Appalachia
An article from Southern Cultures 17:3, The Memory Issue
Memories of Southern Appalachia
by Danny Fulks
When his brother went off to fight, the author was left behind—and his recollections here reveal a wonderful snapshot of wartime Appalachian life.
"Cooney Simms, the grocer, had a big Philco floor-model radio with push buttons and short wave. Neighbors gathered around when Joe Lewis was fighting. And wasn't he always this good giant who whipped Adolph Hitler's man Max Schmeling? Static wasn't too bad; one could hear Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats if they didn't come on the same time as the Grand Ole Opry."