Tag Archives: Railroad

Two Longs, A Short and A Long (song link included)

As the grandson of a railroad man, I grew up hearing more than my fair share of stories about trains. I spent a lot of time with my grandfather, Dewey Pittman, especially after he retired and moved to an apartment … Continue reading

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Phone call from Hank

“Hello?” I said when I picked up the telephone receiver. “Is this Les Kerr?” drawled the voice I heard. “Yes, it is,” I said. “This is Hank Snow.” Stunned, I took a deep breath and said, “Hello, Mr. Snow. I’m … Continue reading

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Pickin’, shellin’ and tellin’

“Make sure they’re not too soft, boy. I don’t want tomato juice all over the backseat of my Buick.” My first lesson in choosing tomatoes, around 1972. I think about those words from my grandfather this time of year as … Continue reading

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Dewey’s Tune

Railroad Man October 18, 1900 was my grandfather’s birthday.  It was just a few months after legendary  railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in a train wreck and later immortalized  in song.  My grandfather, George Dewey Pittman, became a railroad … Continue reading

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