There's more to explore in the September issue!
As I approach my “downsizing” years, I have a few things that I refuse to part with – most notably my old Underwood typewriter and my only real antique. This circa 1920s typewriter is similar to ones that writers Ernest Hemingway and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings used. When I saw it as a young journalist in the early 1980s, I knew I had to have it. The heavy machine still works and can be useful when the power goes out. Mostly, though, I just like to look at it and treasure its past.
I’m a big fan of “American Pickers,” the History Channel’s hit television series starring the affable Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The discarded items they find often end up in Wolfe’s Antique Archaeology store in Nashville, Tennessee, proving the adage “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” Wolfe also believes America’s small towns should be treasured. In an exclusive interview, he met with DeSoto Magazine contributor Pam Windsor in Columbia, Tennessee, where he owns four buildings, to talk about how he and the locals are working to revitalize the town.
The fall season offers some treasures of its own. Pecans, of course, are one but they are getting harder to find. Writer Karen Ott Mayer tells us where to get fresh pecans across the South and how the industry is changing.
Attending college football games is a priceless experience for many, but the real treasures are not in the stadiums but in college-owned museums. Writer Verna Gates describes how fine art and football have made winning combinations at campuses across the South.
Finally, it’s not too late to register to win a DeSoto Getaway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Florida Panhandle. The lucky winner will enjoy a 3-day, 2-night stay in luxurious accommodations, daily beach set ups, spa treatments for two, and dinner at the Marina Bar and Grill. Look for the registration form on page 14 and return it to DeSoto Magazine before the Sept. 30th deadline. A winner will be announced in our October issue.