The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker

Bill's new book is a tribute to the late Senator Howard Baker, a great leader whose civility brought adversaries together to find solutions to our nation's problems. In the current political environment, civility is going the way of the dinosaur, as many of our leaders argue for the sake of argument and accuse for the sake of advantage. Consequently, public governance has become dysfunctional. 

But as Bill's book demonstrates, Senator Baker's civil life remains a model of what our leaders could accomplish by always reminding themselves that the other fellow may be right!

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HOPING FOR A HAPPY ENDING FOR PEYTON

Some 22 years ago, on a September day in 1994, I drove to Starkville, Mississippi.  There I met my friend Robert Moore, and we sat together in Scott Stadium and watched his Mississippi State Bulldogs play my Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC college football match-up.

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NO DAY LIKE A SNOW DAY!

Last Friday my office was closed for a snow day.  And it hardly even snowed. 

The closing of my office on a non-snow snow day was in keeping with a long Memphis winter tradition of shutting the city down upon the mere forecast of snow and, more often than not, a forecast that is flat wrong. I know this sounds flakey, but it’s true.

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REMEMBERING THE NEW KID IN TOWN

In the 1950s, a young man from Memphis combined Gospel music, blues,and bluegrass to create a new sound -- Rock and Roll.  His name was Elvis Presley, and as Leonard Bernstein later observed, "He not only changed music; he changed everything."

In the 1970s, a young man from Detroit built on Elvis' legacy, combining the genres of rock and roll and country music. His name was Glenn Frey.

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Some Assembly Required: A Daddy's Christmas Book
Some Assembly Required: A Daddy's Christmas Book

Just in time for Christmas! Bill’s latest book is the perfect stocking stuffer for Dad! While batteries are not included, absolutely no assembly is required. And it will last longer than a fruitcake!

Bill will be signing books at Burke's Bookstore on Dec. 8th, so be sure to come out and meet the man behind the humor!

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Daddies: An Endangered Species
Daddies: An Endangered Species

Guild Bindery Press, 1996) –Bill’s tribute to a vanishing breed, old-fashioned dads, made the Oxford American’s Southern Bestsellers list. Although written in the last century, it still makes a great Father’s Day gift.

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