I am a huge Minnie Pearl fan. So much so that I keep a copy of her 1953 book Minnie Pearl’s Diary on my desk to open when I feel the need for Minnie’s down-home, dead-on philosophy. The life lessons she learned in “Grinders Switch” hold true today.
Since 2010, I have had the honor to perform music in Centerville, Tennessee, the Hickman County city that includes Grinders Switch, Miss Minnie’s hometown. It’s always a treat to be a guest on the Grinders Switch Radio Hour, broadcast live every Saturday morning on KiX96, the local FM country music radio station.
In 2013, I was pleased to appear at the Centerville Independence Day Celebration with the Grinders Switch Ensemble, the excellent musicians who perform each week on the radio show. I wrote a blog about that appearance that featured a photo of another of my prized possessions, a Minnie Pearl’s Chicken box autographed by Miss Minnie, herself. She ventured into the fast food business for a while and this box is among the remnants of that excursion into non-entertainment business.
Four years later the blog and that photo found their way to a South Korean journalist writing a story about franchise businesses in the United States. Reporter Gwanghyeon Gim contacted me and asked permission to use my photo of Minnie’s chicken box in the story.
So the photo and Miss Minnie have traveled from Grinders Switch to Seoul. Readers of Culture & Biz 저널 (weekly.cnbnews.com) are getting a good look at Miss Minnie’s broad smile as she offers a plate of Southern fried chicken to the world.
If Minnie Pearl doesn’t promote world peace, nothing will.
Text and photos copyright 2017 by Les Kerr.