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jlwalker - A PEN IS STILLED time before his death, J. L....
A PEN IS STILLED time before his death, J. L. Walker of St. i' 1 letter to this newspaper, in which he declared 1 ^e ft iyorld authority on doodlebugs, and described ! tkf bf bits Of these creatures, most notable of .which to come up out of their holes in the ground called. Ih th*t letter, at in many others in the past, Mr. North Georgia, where he used to live and 11 * toflj» hf inade the acquaintance of doodlebugs. Nff one challenged Mr. Walker's qualifications to speak auU)5titftJy.ely about doodlebugs--at least not in any kll letter fPf publication. Thus in what turned out to be letter 4»y» Of hii life, he found himself without a ·n hi* hinds. - . i .-. *v ' ' 11$. ^«lk,er enjoyed · controversy. He bad the gift writing colorfully, and used it. Over a period of years, he fjnj Of th(f most consistent writers of letters to the editor. y'4$ not at all necessary to agree with Mr. Walker in * . - · tO (ft ^ kick out of what he said. If somebody did fcf (tiiliktd, h? did not merely express his disapproval, he ci»r,*d that the person's actions "would make the Devil ivlth Ihanie." He liked to champion the underdog, and to of h9V "the big fish swallow up the small fry" in the e«9noi»ie lyitem as well as in the mill pond. In a letter feptewber, he mentioned that, "Not many men glory in ferap »fte,r reaching 73 yea.rs," but it was evident that he !·. y^lker grew up in an age when expressions of rigljttpui indignation were heard more frequently than they are noyr. He preserved for awhile longer some of the cf IPffCh that were characteristic of an earlier day. His contribution*, to this newspaper, in the form of open letters on ·f public interest, will be missed. If what he said was ·Iwayi popular and not always discreet, it was that _^ , , , , _ , , - , , cheering crowds, more entertaining. J. L. Walker now rests in peace, but know tha.t he lived, because of his strongly felt and worded reaction to what he saw and heard while he among them. O-

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  1. The Robesonian,
  2. 22 Nov 1955, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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