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Ask Rufus: The ghost and Playboy bunnies of Waverly

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.

 

Ask Rufus: A personal story

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.

 

Ask Rufus: A summer porch

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

There is nothing like a good front porch in the spring and summer.

 

Ask Rufus: Art, lost gold mines and Walt Disney

Posted 4/25/2015 in Local Columns

Recently there was a television series about some treasure hunters out west having found an old map that they thought would lead them to a long lost gold mine.

 

Ask Rufus: Historical highlights of early Columbus

Posted 4/11/2015 in Local Columns

The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: Old Columbus

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people seem to associate the history of the old homes of Columbus with the Civil War but I think of a much earlier time.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus pilgrimage is 75 years old

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.

 

Ask Rufus: Once we were young and foolish

Posted 3/21/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I purchased two paintings by Josh Meador, Walt Disney's longtime head of animation effects who called Columbus home.

 

Ask Rufus: The name in the window

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.

 

Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.

 

Ask Rufus: When the bridge opened

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.

 

Ask Rufus: 'Oh see the boat go round the bend'

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.

 

Ask Rufus: A tale of two boxers in Columbus

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.

 

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Choctaws

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

 

Ask Rufus: A bicentennial with Miss. connections

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.

 

Ask Rufus: A Columbus New Years 175 years ago

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.

 

Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.

 

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

Ask Rufus: Barbecue, a Mississippi tradition for 474 years

Posted 12/6/2014 in Local Columns

It's December and time for my annual barbecue column.

 

Ask Rufus: Oysters, steamboats and Thanksgiving

Posted 11/22/2014 in Local Columns

Next week brings the American Thanksgiving holiday and for most of us a wonderful feast.

 

 

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