Keep the cards and letters coming

Published on Saturday, 17 June 2017 14:27 - Written by

It seems the summer heat has arrived. The upside to the heat is we can get real tomatoes now. If anyone has a favorite place to get them please keep us posted.

I’d love to stay for a longer visit but I’ve got to get back to watching the U.S. Open with the only kid I’ve got in town.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Several of you shared memories over the last week about C.W. McCall and Jim Finlayson. They are printed below.

Did you know that CW McCall was really a “pen name” for Chip Davis? Chip is the brains behind Mannheim Steamroller!

Just thought you’d like to know!



I enjoyed reading your article about C.W. McCall in last Sunday’s paper. I spent nearly 40 years in the radio business, getting my start in East Texas in 1972, but spending the majority of my career in Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

When the CB craze hit and C.W.’s music became popular, I was working at the old KEES-AM in Gladewater. Trust me, we received many, many requests for his songs, especially after his single “Convoy” was released. And you are so right. C.W. was a great storyteller.

One interesting note--years ago, I was shopping at Waterloo Records in Austin and ran across a copy of C.W.’s Greatest Hits CD. The CD has all the hits, including one song that never charted and is so completely removed from all the humorous tunes that C.W. was known for. The title is “Aurora Borealis” and in a way, the song reminds me of some of the tunes that the singer-songwriter and poet Rod McKuen put out years ago.

The song is attached. Thanks again.

When I came to Tyler in the early 70’s, I found that the prescription for a great party was booze, a little food, and Jim Finlayson. He was the storyteller who could make you laugh until you cried. I remember well the stories of “Old Home Filler’ Up.” and Mother Morton’s Café.

Thought you might enjoy a picture of a T-shirt that Jim gave me.

He was indeed an original.



Former Tylerite Chris Woldert also affirmed his memories of Jim Finlayson as one-of-a-kind. He also noted his fondness for C.B. radios.

Thanks to everyone for reading and sharing.