G. Mitchum Reeves, Storyteller

November 22, 2021

Reflections, Day 45

“If your snuff’s too strong it’s wrong.

Use Tuberose, Use Tuberose.

To make your life one happy song,

Use Tuberose, Use Tuberose.”

Announcer: Mrs. J.T. Smith of Durham, North Carolina tells us,’

Mrs. Smith: “I used to be depressed and feel tarred because my snuff was too strong. Then I switched to Tuberose and my life got better. I like Tuberose, hit pacifies me.”—Snuff commercial from the early 50s.

When I was a child, my mother loved this commercial and when I memorized it and sang it for her, she would laugh and laugh.

What do you get when a reformed bootlegger and a Redneck scholar get together?

You don’t get a lot of trouble because all they can drink these days is espresso.

The picture is me and my friend G. Mitchum Reeves who is one of the most interesting story-tellers I ever met. Our visit reminded me of Hank Williams, Jr. singing “All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down.”

You can listen to some of Mitchum’s stories on his podcast. I think he said there were 50 episodes. These are stories like you probably haven’t heard, and you don’t know what to expect from one to the other.

The espresso was good. The stories were better. Dekie joined us and made us laugh. Mitchum told us that “snuff glasses” were little juice glasses that had been the container for Bruton Snuff.  Good Times

—john schulz

Power to the peaceful

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