November-December 2018


The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.

Deadline is November 20.




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Our September 2018 History Mystery subject was Roy Linwood Clark (born 1933). Born in Meherrin, Virginia, Clark grew up in Washington, D.C., and began playing banjo, guitar and mandolin at age 14, winning national music championships while still in his teens. Clark made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age 17, but pursued a career as a baseball player and then as a boxer before devoting himself solely to music. During the mid-1950s, he was a regular on Jimmy Dean’s television show. Moving to the West Coast in the early 1960s, he signed with Capitol Records and had three top-10 hits. After a recurring role on The Beverly Hillbillies, he began serving as co-host of the musical variety show Hee Haw in 1969 with Buck Owens, appearing in 294 episodes over the next 28 years. He frequently guest-hosted The Tonight Show in the 1970s, and in 1983 founded the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, beginning the trend that led to Branson becoming a center of live music performance. In 2009, Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A licensed pilot who owned several small planes, Clark raffled off his 1953 Piper in 2012 to benefit the charity Wings of Hope. His instrumental skill has influenced generations of bluegrass and country musicians. Reader Ellen Dellinger of Mt. Jackson was our $25 winner.

Congratulations, Ellen!


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