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A winner & two losers bed, I slid down the banister, and if there had been a bottle of anything in the house I would have killed it in nothing flat. The reason for all this activity was Texaco radio’s broadcast of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ with Joan Sutherland and Richard Tucker in the leading roles. Not since Amelita Galli-Curci have I heard a soprano like Joan.” In his youth, Fullingim followed Galli-Curci all over the country just to hear her sing and later did the same with Paderewski when he was on a tour. Fullingim loves classical music, and loves country music as wellRogers, Williams, Wills. One of his earliest crusades at the News was a stout defense of Elvis Presley. As Fullingim got older, he did more reminiscing about the old days, but he never got impatient with the new. He defended young people, their tastes and their activities through the years. On a rare visit to Austin, he realized with a sigh that he’d finally gone and got himself one of those fancy new narrow ties that everyone wore in the Fifties, but there it was 1966, and people weren’t wearing them any more. Fullingim mourns that he’s never developed a distinct writing style, but I don’t think that’s true. He writes the way Harry Truman talked: so plain, unvarnished, honest, and simple that it’s a style in itself. Here he is on medicine: “As far as doctors and hospitals are concerned, I have never got out of doing the way I was brought up in during my youth. I never go to a doctor unless I’m scared half to death, and that is usually caused by . somebody I’ve been talking to.” He went on to recount the virtues of the remedies his family had used for everything from ingrown toenails to schizophreniasyrup of Figs, Oxidene, and Watkins Liniment. He closed by observing, “So I never go to the doctor unless I think that my time has come, and then I rush in screaming that I am done for.” On political questions, Fullingim has vacillated as much as any of us, but his instincts on the big ones are remarkably perceptive. He suspicioned the war in Vietnam from the beginning and started knocking it in early ’66. Here’s one from 1952: “When Allan [ Shivers] votes for Ike in November, he’s also going to be voting for that malicious smear specialist Richard Nixon. When I heard Nixon on TV, he gave me a fearful feeling that I was watching something sinister and merciless. In a few days it came to me that Nixon is the kind of person who would put you in jail if he didn’t like your face or name. He hates hard and maliciously. . . He and McCarthy. Between the two they could start a reign of terror. Anyway, one thing Mr. Nixon will not explain is where he got that $20,000 to build that house. In my books, he’s a crook.” MI. dif/P gib And Here’s to Charley Boyd, June Rayfield Welch. GLA Press, Dallas. 163 pages, $6.95. A lot of locally-produced dreck, not to mention drivel, comes to this office. I must admit that it’s usually with a heavy heart that I pick up a Texas book written by a writer I’ve never heard of from a press that’s not even listed in our publishers guide. The jacket describes the main chifactersDave Totten, a small town jock who enters Fort Worth University on a football scholarship during World War II; Charley Boyd Bowers, the university president, a Rhodes scholar who drives a pickup truck; a love interest named Dixie; and sundry other types one comes to expect in that growing sub-genre, the coming-of-age-inTexas novel. Why does the central character always come from a small town? Why is it always a he? Why does he always talk so funny? I was not impressed. But the first page didn’t read half bad and I ended up consuming Charley Boyd in one sitting. 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