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9-13-07 Special Subject – Jack Hogan on “Things you don’t hear anymore”

.........There is a dollar in my purse, go by the service station and get five gallons of gas when you start to town.

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September 12, 2007

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Special Subject – Jack Hogan on “Things you don’t hear anymore”

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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Jack Hogan has an amazing ability to capture the memories and senses of growing up in the rural South before the sixties.   My classmates, cousins and many friends can identify with his memories about things said to us as children.

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Jack has written other pieces to enjoy and remember the “Old Days”.

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Thanks, Jack, for “the memories”.

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OTHER ARTICLES BY JACK HOGAN

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5-19-07 Barefoot in Bogart in the 40’s and 50’s by Jack Hogan

3-29-06 Memories of Recess at Bogart Grammar School - reminisces of small town Georgia of the 40s and 50s

3-9-06 Basketball & Memories of Bogart (Oconee County) Georgia - "Times Gone By”

4-15-05 Small Towns - Bogart and Oconee County in the 40’s and 50’s

8-19-05 'Ghosts of Bogart' - Presented at 2004 Bogart Reunion

11-18-05 “You Can Go Home Again” - Memories of Bogart and Rural Oconee

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Jack Hogan Home in Bogart

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“Preacher Hogan” – Jack’s Dad

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Bogart High School Attended by Jack Hogan


Jack Hogan’s Memories of growing up in Bogart, GA (9-11-07)

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September 11, 2007

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THINGS YOU DON'T HEAR ANY MORE.......................

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By Jack Hogan, Class of 54, Bogart High School

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Be sure and refill the ice trays, we are going to have company after while.

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Do you want to go get me a switch?

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Watch for the postman, I want to get this letter in the mail today.

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Quit slamming that screen door!

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Be sure to pull the windows down when you leave; it looks like it might shower, and bring in the clothes off the line, too.

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Don't forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.

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Why can't you remember to roll up your pants legs? Getting them caught in the bicycle chain so many times is tearing them up.

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You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times there is nothing left to put a patch on.

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Don't you go outside with your good school clothes on!

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Hang up your Sunday School clothes; you know you need to pass them down to your brother in good condition.

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Go comb your hair. It looks like the rats have nested in it all night.

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Be sure and pour the cream off the top of the milk when you open the new bottle. I need it for baking and Pa's coffee.

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Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won't have to pay a deposit on another one.

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Put a dish towel over the cake so the flies won't get on it.

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Quit jumping on the floor! I have a cake in the oven and you are going to make it fall.

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Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a few things from him.

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You boys stay close by; the car may not start and I will need you to help push it off.

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There is a dollar in my purse, go by the service station and get five gallons of gas when you start to town.

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Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here; it is getting hot.

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You can walk to the store; it won't hurt you to get some exercise. Maybe you will learn to be more careful with your bicycle.

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Don't sit too close to the TV. It will ruin your eyes.

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If you pull that stunt again, I am going to wear you out!

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Don't lose that button; I will sew it back on after while.

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Wash that dirt necklace from under your neck before you come to the table.

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Get out from under that sewing machine; pumping it messes up the thread!

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Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don't have to tonight in the dark.

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Here, take this old magazine to the outhouse (toilet) when you go, we are almost out of paper out there.

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Go out to the well and draw a bucket of water for me to wash dishes in.

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Don't turn the radio on now; I want the battery to be up when the Grand Ole Opry comes on.

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No! I don't have five cents for you to go to the show. Do you think money grows on trees?

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Eat those vegetables; they will make you big and strong like your daddy.

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That dog is NOT coming in this house! I don't care how cold it is out there, dogs just don't come in the house.

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Sit still! I am trying to get your hair cut straight and you keep moving and it is getting botched up.

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Hush your mouth! I’ll wash your mouth out with soap if I hear you talking like that again!

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It is time for your system to be cleaned out. I'm going to give you a dose of Castor Oil in the morning.

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If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you will get another one when you get home.

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Quit crossing your eyes! They will get hung that way!

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Soak your foot in this pan of kerosene oil so that cut won't get infected.

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When you take your driving test don't forget your hand signals each turn. Left arm straight out the window for a left turn, and left arm bent up to the sky at the elbow for a right turn and straight down to the side of the door when you are going to stop.

It is "Yes, sir!" and "No, sir" to me and your elders young man, and don't you forget it!

While we are at Aunt Mary's and Uncle John's you kids eat when the adults get through and I don't want to hear "I don't like this stuff." You better keep your mouth shut and eat everything on your plate.

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Well, that ought to keep us remembering some of the finer things of the past, some good and some not so good, and young man, if I hear you repeat one word of this, I will beat the living daylights out of you, do you understand that!

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Jack Hogan on Heroes - April 13, 2007

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Do you still have heroes?

I used to fantasize during my younger days

 In old Bogart that the

Long Ranger would come

To rescue me

So I would no longer have to chop, hoe,

 And pick cotton

Or deal with ruffians like Tom Jones 

As I got older I realized that the Long Ranger

As a hero was without value

So I began looking for other types of heroes

Some played for the

 Boston Celtics like Bob Cousy 

And the New York Yankees like Mickey Mantle 

Some played football for UGA like

Charley Trippi and Zeke Bartkowski

And a UGA basketball player named Zippy Morroco

In the early 1950's even made the cut 

But the heroes who really matter to me as an adult

Come in various kinds, ages, and colors

Those who fought WWI like Sergeant York

 A farmer and spiritual leader from Tennessee

Those who fought WWII

Like Captain Bill Staggs, a neighbor and Mustang

Fighter pilot shot down over Germany that I

Visited each week and learned to love

Like Cordell Hull, a relative

Raised in the mountains of Tennessee

Who became Secretary of State under FDR 

The guys who lived in the Hanoi Hilton

Who stayed loyal when it seemed they were

Forgotten

The Civil Rights activist

Who did the right thing in the right way

And spiritual heroes like Raccoon John Smith

As I grew older I found another hero in my wife

And three fine sons  

  As I reflect back on Bogart

Some folks have also become my heroes

Dr. Elder, Lawrence and Hershell Hollis

And while in college

Dr. Jennings Davis, Fessor Boyce

And Coach Tiger Morris 

They helped me to raise my sights

They showed me they cared 

I have been blessed by all of these 

Do you have heroes?

 If so then let them know before it's too late

 As for me I waited too late

Weigh that ...... and think about it 

Jack


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