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  1. When I was at Clemson (in Pickens County, SC), people would joke about the town of Ninety Six, which was just beyond the town of Due West. Among dubious tales of cow tipping (which I'd become convinced that I'd done (I hadn't)), there was the etymology of Ninety Six, which was supposedly named because it was 96-miles from Atlanta - I don't know how this urban legend ever got started, but it's false: Nobody seems to know how Ninety Six got its name. Fast forward to Ted Williams' final at-bat, in which he hit a home run. In a newly found, color film, I froze the shot of Williams' home run trot: In the picture are Williams, Brooks Robinson, and third base umpire Cal Drummond, from the town of Ninety Six, SC.
  2. JeffC

    Hemingway, SC

    I guess this could have gone into the Charleston thread, but Hemingway is 82 miles away. Or the Myrtle Beach thread....but again, 60 miles away. It's 65 miles from my house, mostly through two-lane backroads. Hemingway only has one real claim to culinary fame.....Scott's Bar-B-Que, located on SC Hwy 261, at Brunson's Crossroad. Anyhow, after hearing word of mouth, the praises of more than one southern food writer--one of whom proclaimed Scott's (with understandable southern bias) to be the best barbecue on planet--and finally reading the New York Times artlcle linked below, I made a pilgrimage to this shrine of vinegar-based 'cue. The top-down drive through SC backroads was a treat in itself. I'll just say it. This is one of the finest eating experiences of my life--the first bite, sans sauce, was a pork epiphany. The smoky, rich meat had a depth of flavor that that could make the gods cry. This is simply some incredible stuff--perfect, as one comment on the NYT article noted. I've never been good at describing food flavors...I just know what I like, and jeez do I love this stuff. I had them prepare me an order with sauce--fiery hot, from the bottom of the jug--and I giddily finished it off. All you get here is barbecue--chicken or pork, or, more recently, rib-eye--and a couple slices of white bread. No slaw, no hushpuppies....just the 'cue. I bought four pounds of the pork, along with a half-gallon of sauce, for just under fifty bucks, tax included. Two pounds for me, two for my buddy who is a true Carolina barbecue-lover, having grown up in NC and eaten in almost every little roadside place in both states. He came over just a few minutes ago, ate a few bites, and proclaimed this stuff to be the finest he's eaten in his sixty-odd years. My wife, not generally a fan of such things, can't stop going back for "just another couple of bites". Click here for the NY Times article One caveat--they are only open three days a week (Thur-Sat). If you're a barbecue lover and you find yourself anywhere near this place--and by near, I mean one or two hours away--please consider a side trip.
  3. To anyone attending Clemson University during the glorious 1981-1982 season, when Clemson defeated Nebraska 22-15 in the Orange Bowl to become undefeated national champions, the name "William Perry" is universally beloved and just as famous as the name Brooks Robinson is in Baltimore. The Fridge has fallen upon unspeakably hard times, and barring a miracle, his best days are behind him, but he will always be remembered with fondness and affection. Thank you, William, for enriching all of our lives - we all love you. And I can personally vouch for any and all anecdotes you might hear about Perry's athletic exploits as being 100% true - he was a physical specimen unlike any other. Jan 6, 2016 - "How William 'The Refrigerator' Perry Changed Betting Forever" by Adam Chandler on theatlantic.com
  4. Nov 30, 2014 - "In Conversation: Chris Rock" by Frank Rich on vulture.com This is a good interview. One thing that was incredibly poignant to me was Chris Rock's description of black people needing teeth pulled in Andrews, SC.
  5. If you enjoy a Louis CK-style of standup, you might enjoy Rory Scovel, who has recently come out with a Netflix special called "Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time." If you aren't familiar with Scovel (I doubt this is his first-ever stand-up, despite the name), he's a solid, somewhat unorthodox, talent whom I would put in the second tier behind the best-of-the-best. This is not to say that he isn't funny - there were moments in this routine that were laugh-out-loud funny - merely that this probably won't be "The Best" stand-up special you've ever seen. Still, I found it well-worth watching. He is absolutely influenced by Louis CK, but his humor, while extremely crude, doesn't quite hit the border of "inappropriate" (CK's bit about pedophilia shocked even me). Still, Scovel isn't afraid to make jokes using topics such as genocide, anal sex, etc. - he isn't crude for crude's sake, but he is often crude, so if that offends you, be forewarned. I enjoyed this special, and can recommend it to others - not as anything ground-breaking, but as good, solid, stand-up comedy.
  6. Larry Doby was the first player ever to go straight from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues, coming to the Cleveland Indians, just three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Cleveland owner Bill Veeck was considered just as progressive as Brooklyn owner Branch Rickey. Manager Lou Boudreau introduced Doby, one-by-one to the Indians' players ("This is Bob Lemon," and Lemon put his hand out to shake Doby's) - this was done with each member of the team, and everyone shook Doby's hand. Everyone, that is, but three people - Veeck got rid of those three players at his first possible opportunity. In only his second season in the majors, Doby would go on to help the Indians win the 1948 World Series - the Indians have not won a World Series since then.
  7. johnb

    Hilton Head, SC

    Janet and I just passed through the place. It's not easy to eat well, but there are a few decent spots. I posted a report on Chowhound. Here is the link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453469
  8. JDawgBBall9

    Upstate South Carolina

    I didn't see an appropriate topic in the index, was in the area two weekends ago and am bored so I figured I'd report. In Spartanburg I ate at the Beacon Drive In, which is apparantly a Spartanburg landmark. Served southern fried food and had a pretty classic feel to it. Probably wouldn't appeal to most of the diehard foodies on here but for what it was I thought it was pretty decent. Won't go in depth, just linked the site. Downtown Clemson really didn't have too many options, went to Wingin' It for some wings but by that point we had been drinking most of the afternoon so to me they tasted like the greatest wings ever. Plus they had fried pickles, which I love but can never really find in Maryland. Which is probably a good thing for my health. Actually now that I think about it I think the Beacon was the only meal I had where I wasn't intoxicated. Including dinner at Little Caesars, which might have been the highlight because of the childhood nostalgia and I hadn't eaten at one in probably 12+ years. I'll be down in Greenville in May so recommendations would be appreciated for that as well. I know my sister has some places in her rotation but curious about your input as well for all cuisine types and price ranges. From what I understand, a certain high-profile poster should be able to provide some input on this topic (not necessarily Greenville)
  9. I remember Shannon Faulkner very well - it was only 21 years ago when she had half the country wanting her to die. I also remember having very strong feelings that The Citadel (and the military) should remain all-male, and I was very anti-Shannon Faulkner while at the same time feeling very sorry for her, and the abuse that she took. Now that I'm older, and now that The Citadel has hundreds of male and female graduates, I look back and realize my "anti-Shannonism" was based very much on prejudice and preconceived notions - I justified it by saying something that I still think: Institutions (in this case, The Citadel) should have the right to be all-male and all-female. Yeah, I guess I still think that's true - I don't think boys should be allowed in the girl scouts, and I could probably name numerous other examples, although, granted, The Citadel was a government-supported institution. I also felt, fairly strongly, that the military shouldn't be used as a proving ground for civil rights (I'm not saying I was right or wrong; I'm just saying how I felt at the time). But Shannon Faulkner was different - she was made a scapegoat because quite frankly, she was never *physically* cut out to get through The Citadel's rigorous hazing and boot camp-like treatment of freshmen. When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, it was all *extremely* carefully planned out - Robinson was hand-picked by Branch Rickey because Rickey knew what type of abuse was coming to be coming Robinson's way, and knew that Robinson could take it, both mentally and physically. Rickey also knew that whoever was first needed to be as-good-or-better than just about every other player; there could be no .213 batting average for Jackie Robinson. Faulkner, on the other hand, was a lone wolf, having almost no support, and she was the wrong person to be "the first." But I think people need to take another look at her, and cut her some slack. This needed to have been an organized, coordinated effort, and the person selected needed to have been a physical bad-ass; Faulkner wasn't that person. But in terms of civil rights? I think she needs to be looked back upon as something of a hero, quite frankly, and I think it should be done now rather than later. And I think a lot of people owe her an apology - not for wanting to exclude her, but for the abuse they gave her - and even though I didn't dole out any abuse, I'll start by being the first.
  10. "Dancing 106-Year-Old Describes The Day She Charmed The Obamas: 'I Can Die Smiling Now'" by Colby Itkowitz on washingtonpost.com Seeing the joy in Ms. McLaurin outweighs any political issue - to me (with the possible exception of climate change) - that I can think of.
  11. DonRocks

    Clemson, SC

    That's because you hadn't discovered the fried mushrooms at Nick's.
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