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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.

 

Ask Rufus: Choctaw baskets

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.

 

Ask Rufus: The mystery of Mrs. Canant

Posted 11/8/2014 in Local Columns

It is a simple marble military headstone in a sea of more than a thousand white marble military headstones. It is not a soldier, though, who is buried there.

 

Ask Rufus: Forever lost

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."

 

Ask Rufus: Ghosts of the Tombigbee

Posted 10/25/2014 in Local Columns

With all the ghost stories around it is surprising that there are not more ghostly tales about the Tombigbee River.

 

Ask Rufus: It was 75 years ago

Posted 10/18/2014 in Local Columns

We are fast approaching some important anniversary dates.

 

Ask Rufus: A walk down the street

Posted 10/11/2014 in Local Columns

The past six weeks I have been teaching a MUW Life Enrichment course on the architectural history of Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: The high style of James Lull

Posted 10/4/2014 in Local Columns

James Lull was a Vermont born, Philadelphia trained architect who was responsible for many of most impressive buildings in mid-19th century Columbus.

 

 

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