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 Post subject: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:51 pm 
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Coming over here and reading some of these posts just reminds me of Ed Zern's "Exit laughing" columns that used to be in Field & Stream back in the day. My pops got me a subscription to F&S when I was about 10 and I kept it getting it up until I went into the service. I loved reading Corey Ford and his exploits of the Lower 40 shooting, Angling and Inside Straight club.

That would be the first thing I'd read, then the rest of the magazine saving the best for last. I think I have all Zern's books in my collection and most if not all of Fords.

Reading some of these posts down through here just get me to laughing so hard and it makes me get more funny looks from the little woman, as if I didn't get enough of those already.

Anyway, thanks guys for bringing a little humor into this old geezers life. Keep it up.


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:53 pm 
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I have a couple of Gene Hill's books, the first is called "Mostly Tail Feathers", a collection of his end of magazine columns. I remember the Lower 40 columns also, I have tried to find a copy of Corey Ford's books without spending a fortune.


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:45 pm 
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When I was ten years old, I started mowing Ray Trullinger's lawn. He lived just up the road, and wrote a column called Hooks and Bullets for the New York World-Telegram. After the job, his wife let me read the books in his library, which included Ed Zern's first collections. I've been a fan ever since, and now have all of his books, I think.

John


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Can't talk about this topic without Patrick McManus...

...and I know at least one other GOTCer will agree...


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:07 pm 
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Further North wrote:
Can't talk about this topic without Patrick McManus...

...and I know at least one other GOTCer will agree...


I am probably not the guy you were thinking of, but I wholeheartedly agree. When I was running all over I stopped in a book store to pick up a fly fishing magazine, as I entered that had a pack of about seven McManus paperbacks for under $5. I get them out from time to time> I like to use them when I need to take my wife to a doctor appointment and have to wait for her, but I feel a little goofy sitting in the waiting room laughing alone.


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:23 pm 
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McManus is wonderful. I think I am turning into Rancid Crabtree.

and, on the subject of F&S columnists, none was better than Robert Ruark, "The Old Man and the Boy."

My favorite Ruark story is about the time they managed to get his rapscallion uncle Rob into church. I lady came in and Rob, "My God! That's the ugliest woman I've ever seen!"

"Hush, Rob. She cain't help it," his wife said.

"She coulda stayed at home," Rob retorted.


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:03 am 
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FN, you called it. Forty-plus years ago, my late brother Rod and I got into the habit of calling each other "Retch" and "Rancid." I wound up as "Rancid" because I was older. At least, I hope that was the reason.

John


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 Post subject: Re: Exit laughing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:46 pm 
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Rancid C. wrote:
FN, you called it. Forty-plus years ago, my late brother Rod and I got into the habit of calling each other "Retch" and "Rancid." I wound up as "Rancid" because I was older. At least, I hope that was the reason.

John


;)

I can spot a McManus character a long way away...


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