Kissin’ Kuzzins: Call the birthday man

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

For Posterity’s Eyes March birthdays:  22nd:  Angela Smith, Katie Greer, Valerie Acevedo, Melinda Willmon, Charlotte Rogers 24th:  Lisa Hermes 25th:  Jamers Troy Tucker, Kalyn Sharp 26th:  Earnest Minor  27th: Cheryl Perkins Tilley, T. L. Mathis, Jr., Anita Harris 29th:  John Powers, Jat Treadwell, LaSasha Reppond, Chuck Walker

From the author On Saturday, April 21, 2018 I will be speaking on “Where the Houses Went” at the Camden Sawmill Reunion in Camden, Texas.  If you or your family rented one of the sawmill houses or know someone who did, or you or your family bought one of the sawmill houses or know someone who did, please contact me at (936) 240-8378 or

Save the Date!  (1) The VH&GS will hold their monthly meeting on April 7, 2018 in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library located at 1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA.  The guest speaker will be Mrs. Nelta Nolen, Vernon Parish resident from Hornbeck, LA  and VH&GS Secretary.  Nelta’s presentation will be “How to Use Pinterest in Genealogy”.  You are also encouraged to bring your genealogy and/or questions if you would like assistance.  The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.  All are welcome.  Also, if you plan on bringing a dish to the meeting, please let me know so that we don’t have any duplications.  For more information, call (337) 239-0537.

(2) Dan Rankin will discuss “Thomas J. Rusk,” when he speaks to the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the Railroad Depot Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Dan will address Rusk’s role at the Battle of San Jacinto in honor of San Jacinto Day on April 21st.  For more information, contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

Call the birthday man  When I was a boy, on one of the local radio stations in Lufkin in the morning before we went to school, there was a man named Hamp Keathley who had a radio program called Hamp ‘N’ Eggs.  He did the usual things radio announcers do, like announce the weather, events going on in the area, and other things, but one of the special things he offered on his program was announcing the birthdays of people in the area.

When I grew up, I liked to be sure my family members’ birthdays were remembered, so I would call in early in his program that day.  I was very close to both my grandmothers; Granny Hinson’s birthday (my maternal grandmother) was December 15th, and my father’s mother’s birthday (Blanche [Poskey] Dixon) was Valentine’s Day.  It was always neat to hear him announce it because he would paint you up so brown for calling it in.  Then, I would make sure they had heard it, too.  So, I got two ‘atta boys for taking the time to call the birthday man.

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