The Adventures of Riverboat John: Glimpses of Hunstville in the 1950s

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: History Pr
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For years, 'Riverboat John' Ferguson has captivated audiences the world over as a guitar pickin', song singin', storytellin' original. Now, for the first time ever, you can take home Riverboat's strolling song-and-story act in this collection of boyhood hijinks, long-lost traditions and unmistakable southern charm. Raised on the blue-collar banks of the Tennessee River in Huntsville, Alabama, Ferguson's homespun memories are sure to resonate with anyone who remembers life in the 1950s. Read about the time he took a wrong turn and drove his fi rst pickup truck into the Elk River, his first-disastrous-attempt at eating barbecue chicken with silverware, the day television came to town, the time he left home on a train and so many more. So settle in, kick up your feet and enjoy this one-of-a-kind glimpse into Huntsville in the 1950s from the man heralded by the "New York Times" as 'a true American minstrel.' Just don't say nothin' bad about Gene Autry!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Saturday Morning in Townp. 9
Cotton on the Canalp. 17
Drive-in Movie Theatres in Huntsvillep. 23
Mussel Boat Campsp. 27
I Always Wanted to Be a Cowboyp. 31
My First Steakp. 35
My Old Truck Can Swimp. 39
Sharecroppin'p. 43
River Pirates on the Tennesseep. 49
Thou Shalt Not Steal a Pair of Red Socksp. 53
Zesto Burgers, Dip Dogs, Hamburgers and Chili Dogsp. 57
The Cornet, die Banjo and the Buffalop. 63
Whiskey, Bootlegging and Purple Passionp. 67
Boxing and Wrestling in Huntsvillep. 71
Cave Exploring Around Huntsvillep. 75
Crappie, Bass, Catfish and Breamp. 79
From Delivery Boy to Produce Clerkp. 83
Hula-Hoops, HiFi, Yo-Yos and Televisionp. 87
My First Formal Banquetp. 91
Ricky and His .22p. 95
Riding the Railsp. 97
Tommy and the White Turkeysp. 103
Boy Scouting in Huntsville in the '50sp. 107
The Last of the Mule Wagonsp. 113
The 1950s-What Style is This?p. 117
Afterwordp. 125
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