If you are like us, every fourth email you get seem to be from some company giving a statement on COVID-19. In the interest of giving you a reprieve, the words Coronavirus or COVID-19 will not be mentioned any more after this sentence. Enjoy it.
Did You Know?
Greenville’s original name was Pleasantburg .
Herman Lay, the guy who founded Lay’s Potato Chips, grew up in Greenville.
Max Heller, Joe Jackson, Joel Poinsett and Vardy McBee all have statues on Main Street Greenville. None of them were born here.
The Peace Center is not an honorific to the anti-war movement, but a local family of the same name. They owned Multimedia, which owned the Greenville News and a portion of the Cincinnati Reds and the Phil Donahue Show at one time.
Greenville High’s Dick Dietz was the best high school baseball player in America in 1959 and signed for a $95,000 bonus, which was good enough to get him a mention in Life Magazine. Dietz went onto an interesting career as a dependable catcher and occasional All-Star caliber player including hitting a home run in the infamous 1970 All-Star Game where Pete Rose barreled over Ray Fosse, separating his shoulder. A few years later, Dietz got involved heavily with the players union, and some say was black-balled from the game.
If you’ve never found the Fat Ma marker. Now is your chance. Go to the Swamp Rabbit Café. Park. Walk down the trail back toward downtown Greenville. Take a left on the road and go over the bridge. There are some large rocks. Her marker is in there. Enjoy it.
Same goes for the grave of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. It’s at Woodlawn Park.
Where did the statue of Nathaniel Greene go?
The Greenville Drive is producing a series of videos documenting the team’s 15 years here in Greenville. You can watch it here. (PS, just seeing the picture of the late-great Ed Jenson on the video page, made us smile and tear up at the same time.)
If you haven’t read it or know it, here is the story of Charles Townes, Greenville’s only Noble Prize winner.
Musings from late March
I kind of miss Tom Steyer ads.
Pollen. It’s still there.
We’ve always been bummed that Greenville doesn’t have a Piggly Wiggly.
Every notice that cowboys always had correct change when getting drinks at the bar in old western movies?
Listening to Edwin McCain always makes thing feel simpler.