If you have not purchased the WBT Briarhopper book (and why not?), you missed a great picture like this one, taken in the early 1950s at the Union Christmas Party held in the Cooleemee School Auditorium in Cooleemee, NC. This picture comes from the Cooleemee Historical Society who gave us permission to use the picture in the book.
Here is Fred Kirby, with his horse, Calico, in a segregated hall. Yes, we have come a long way from those times. When Fred started, he didn't have Calico. It was Charles Crutchfield who told the radio show listeners that Fred, "with his horse Calico," would be ambling to the microphone. People started asking Fred where in the heck was Calico, so he got him a horse! No telling how many Calicoes there were.
Fred came to mind when my cousin said she went up to Tweetsie Railroad and said that she missed the Singing Cowboy. "Take me back/To my boots/And skee-dattle!"