Billionaires, Homecoming Queens and…

    Remembering
    BobLee
    October25/ 2018

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    Billionaires & Homecoming Queens… and Dorcas Reilly

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    Paul Allen, Dottie Williams and Dorcas Reilly have “left us” since last we convened here. Each’s passing has a special significance…

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    Paul Allen and his partner – Bill Gates – founded Microsoft in 1975. As of his passing at age 65 two weeks ago, Allen was worth in excess of $20,000,000,000 (with a “B”) making him among Earth’s 50 Wealthiest Individuals. He died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma… a not uncommon form of cancer. Paul Allen

    An Allen contemporary – Steve Jobs (Apple) – died in 2011 from a form of pancreatic cancer. Jobs, of course, was also a multi-multi -Billionaire.

    With both Jobs and Allen, being cured from cancer was certainly not a matter of “expense” but simply “no cure exists… legal or otherwise on the face of this earth.” All the genius oncologists in all the hospitals could not…

    I find it sobering that of all our technological marvels which these men pioneered and profited from… The King Midas Reality prevailed. Also known as The Humpty Dumpty Absolute. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not…..

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    A favorite line from a favorite song… Dragons live forever, but not so little boys… from Puff The Magic Dragon.

    As we travel Life’s Road, we encounter certain people in certain roles. We interact with them however brief and we move on… remembering those people in those roles, although we realize they also “moved on”.

    Dottie Williams was 1964 Homecoming Queen at Jesse W. Grainger High School. Many of us, myself included, knew Dottie for much of that 12 year Rite of Passage known as “in school together”.

    Dottie truly was, to coin a trite phrase, a beautiful person both inside & out.  The sincere compliment she is so sweet always fit Dottie.  Yes, Dottie Williams was indeed a PDEW … “Pretty Down East Woman”.

    In June 1965, we all scattered off to college and beyond. Dottie came back home after college… married a classmate… had two children… and then, alas, her life left the June Cleaver Track.

    She taught French at the local Academy and was much loved by 40 years of students.

    Being “much loved” by anyone for any reason for 40 YEARS goes a long way towards A Life Well Led.

    Dottie passed away from breast cancer last week.  I was at the funeral service with a cadre of friends and former classmates.   There is a sobering joke that…

    The attendance at one’s funeral will largely depend upon… the weather.

    Monday was a beautiful autumn day in Kinston; but I’m sure St Mary’s Episcopal Church would have been filled regardless.

    …We said GoodBy to our Homecoming Queen.

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    If Paul Allen was a global business tycoon… and Dottie Williams was our Homecoming Queen then Dorcas Reilly fit somewhere in-between.

    In the mid-50s, Dorcas Reilly was a cook in Campbell’s test kitchen.  She mixed a can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup with green beans and a few others ingredients and left an indelible mark on American Holiday meals.

    Dorcas Reilly is credited with:

    … inventing the green-bean casserole. YIKES!

    She added a topping of French’s fried onions several years later. According to Ms Reilly… “adding the French’s crispy fried onions was the “touch of genius” in the dish.” Now you know… the rest of the story. Dorcas Reilly passed away at 93 on Wednesday.

    Take Your Pick From This Trifecta:

    Co-Founded Microsoft  – Homecoming Queen – Invented green-bean casserole

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    Of far LESS importance…

    UNCCH’s Chancellor Carol “Chihuahua” Folt has formally “Apologized for Slavery”. Ms Folt was doing so on behalf of “The University” and all who consider themselves under that umbrella.

    Chihuahua’s apologizing for The Black Plague… the Extinction of Dinosaurs… and ABC’s cancellation of Last Man Standing remains in limbo.

    I have spoken to a broad range of UNCCH related individuals… most less cynical than I tend to be on UNC-related matters.

    No one I have queried has a clue “WHY in the Hell” this diminutive academaniac felt inclined to do what she did.  Not a one…

    All of those queried do agree that “Slavery” was indeed a most regrettable reality in our nation’s legacy.

    Want to become A BIG DEAL to Chancellor Folt?  Get together about a dozen or so similarly inclined lost souls, snowflakes, etc… draft a protest letter about whatever.  It doesn’t matter how ridiculous.  Stick it on Folt’s office door  – VOILA!  She will immediately STOP the University to pacify your contrived grievance.  Try it. Trust me.

    I have NOT asked notorious UNCCH AfAm spokesperson Debbie “Don’t Do Lunch” Stroman if she feels differently about UNCCH in the wake of Chihuahua’s comments. I suspect Debbie and her gang would prefer mucho millions $$$ in reparations or, at least, “free chicken biscuits for Life” at Time Out. And, of course, total freedom to do “whatever we AfAms damn well please whenever we damn well want to…”.

    No harm in asking I suppose. With Chihuahua, ya never know…

    As you might imagine… many suggestions are pouring in for future Official Folt Apologies on behalf of The University.

    Samples include … “cancer in all forms” … “campus parking tickets”… “Jim Knight’s call reversal on TA’s knee” … “hiring Butch Davis, John Blake (Who?), Matt Doherty and Gene “Gasbag” Nichol” … and “those lifetime Lower Level seating rights that Skippa Bowles gave to his cronies when Dean’s Dome was being built in the mid 80s”.

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    Somewhat Related… UNC System Prez Ma “That Bush Woman” Spellings is going ByBy after only three years… announced on Thursday. She’ll probably “be missed” by somebody although not by anyone I can think of off-hand.  A remarkably UNremarkable 3-years… Next!

    Early speculation on “Next” includes the usual sideshow menagerie of oddballs, whack-a-doodles and raging lunatics… headed by The Accuser – Christina Ford. For giggles and grins, lets throw in “Bully” Barber, Fats Thomas, Brooke Baldwin, Uncle Julius Nyang’oro, and “that nut that threw her blood and bodily fluids on Silent Sam”.

    MoreI tend to follow College Football on a broader spectrum than many of you with narrower partisan perspectives, this past week I learned that:

    A Michigan Football fan who did NOT attend the Ann Arbor-based institution is referred to as “a WalMart Wolverine”. I’m sure Michigan board monkeys are convinced they created that derogatory term…

    Wisconsin Football fans are concerned that The Legendary Camp Randall Stadium Experience is in danger. Apparently UW students are NOT attending games in the mass quantity of past years. So, a committee is being formed to study the problem and propose a solution. I may be off by 5-6 but I believe this will be the 45th or 46th Power Five member institution to “study and propose” on this cultural epidemic.

    No practical solutions have surfaced to date. … “extra charging stations” and “free funnel cakes for pretty coeds” are about as creative as they have been.

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    Following the unfortunate consequences of Doeren vs Dabo 2018, I was going to remind Pack Faithful that The Orange Bowl (AKA “a real bowl”) was still a possibility… but, alas, it is not. This year’s Final Four rotation has the OB as a semi-final site. Going 11-1 and beatin’ the crap outta UNCCH and ECU, then going to a Whozit Bowl is pretty much it.

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    On a related note… I snuck into Chapel Hill for lunch today. Four different people asked me “Is Fedora a goner?” … I proposed the unique trade of Fedora for Louisville’s beleaguered Bobby Petrino. Both struggling HCs have incredibly absurd “buy-outs”. If push comes to shove, “it’s all Monopoly Money” so who really cares.

    A GoFundFedora’sBuy-Out on InsideCarolina has, I’m told, so far netted $12.68 from Sleeping Giant Is Us board monkeys.

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    BobLee
    • UNCBlue Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Dotie Wiliams was a favorite of many of us at “the Academy”. Of course being polite young southern children we called her Mrs. Williams. She enjoyed teaching French class and we certainly enjoyed learning from her. She was always so sweet and never lost patience with instructing little Kinston young people with many a thick accent the beauty of the french accent. I had no idea of her illness.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        You probably knew her as “Mrs Harvey” but she will forever be Dottie Williams to many of us. I think “sweet & nice” were also part of her legal name… they shoulda been.

    • RM Downeast Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Actually as someone who knows a little about undergrads, extra charging stations and free funnel cakes aren’t going to move the needle in pulling college students to games, in the world of Gen Z, those things are considered necessities not “extra’s”. Watch for drawings for free semesters tuition or student loan forgiveness or other substantial freebies to lure the masses back.

      One problem with student attendance is the relatively low numbers of college freshmen who actually played HS football. They don’t love the game and the atmosphere like those who grew up playing. They are much more apt to stay up all night playing Fortnite or binging on Netflix.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Certainly you are correct on all your cultural points. There has been a significant sea-change in the college student demographic that will be next to impossible to reverse… upcoming classes will only be more so. I’ve never spoken with an AD who even thought he had any real solutions.

    • ENC1 Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Dottie was a great teacher and person who will be missed….she touched many lives during her career at APA.

      I always remember my favorite bumper sticker when the crazies at the college over in Chapel Thrill make the news…..”UNC’s logic is but a bubble if God is a Tar Heel he is in trouble”.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        “Touching lives” is about as worthy a life’s work as there is. Love that bumpersticker… I actually have never heard that one!

    • Lakepacker Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I think all of us who knew Dottie are in agreement. She was a wonderful person. I will say I have heard the term ” Walmart Carolina Fan” used for many years. I am surprised you haven’t heard it.
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      As to the rest, it reminds me of a statement I heard many years ago, that no matter how much wealth or prestige you have, or whatever your state in life, no one gets out of here alive.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        You missed my point on “WalMart fans”. Yes State fans have used that insult versus UNC fans for many years … and so do numerous other fan bases versus their rivals all over the country. Not unlike “Amphibious” which was a joke long before V used it for Chas Shackleford in the late 80s. ie, there ain’t nuthin’ new under the sun.
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        Going to funerals of lifelong friends is getting REALLY old. I fear this was not the last one… sigh.

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Reply to BL about Hallmark Channel:
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      I’m with Mrs BobLee. As a virtual medical shut-in from mid-July through mid-September my go to viewing choices to escape the “muck” was/is Hallmark in the PM and the Dan Patrick Show in the AM. Nat Geo and Netflix/Amazon Prime was sprinkled in when the 20th viewing of “A Country Wedding” or “Unleashing Mr Darcy” are just too overwhelming to endure again. BTW, any Pumpkin Spice reference or movie automatically qualifies as unwatchable for me. Also any movie with guys wearing curious sweaters are troubling to me. I even watched the 2018 Christmas movie preview show last night. It appears that Crown Media is trying to appease diversity critics this year. Appeasement is always tricky to pull off and manufactured diversity is overrated.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Blondie has all the Hallmark Movie cliches down pat and checks them off as they appear in each movie. “PC Diversity” is definitely creeping in. EVERY “pretty girl opting out of the hassle of NYC” has an AfAm close friend now… and each “charming New England village” has “a gay guy or two”. Dean Cain is getting “the older man” roles these days.
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        Hallmark Movie snowfalls are always “perfect”… like the inside of a snow globe.

    • Former96Heel Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Just curious on something. Athletics always has the group of robber-barons willing to empty out their safe for the Big Name. ‘how much does Saban want?’ Does the academic world have anywhere near that level of craziness?
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      Is there a group of red-fisted lefties trying to figure out how to woo Queen Hillary down?
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      If they can’t get her, do they try to make Pocahontas swoon? She would be right at home at UNC-Pembroke.
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      Wouldn’t the whole system be perfect if Michelle herself was in charge? Heck, that would be worth selling off all those UNC-wherevers to get her for a few years. Imagine the US News rankings then!
      (do they still print US News & World Reports? or is it only an online portal to pump college egos up?)

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        None of those OMG Scenarios are likely. Replacing “That Bush Woman” is totally up to The Board of Governors… NOT Chihuahua’s sycophants on the Board of Trustees. Currently The UNC BOG is, as The N&O knows so well, controlled by the iron-fists of Eeeevil Repubs. Even if the NCGA flips it will take 4-5 years to flip the make-up of The UNC BOG.
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        Will a Repub BOG make a competent selection? Don’t bet your 401-K on that happening. BUT their choice will NOT be a Raging Lefty Lunatic…

    • Jack.GSBO Reply
      3 weeks ago

      BobLee, why so down on Margaret Spellings? … I appreciate your negatives on “Chihuahua”, but how come That Bush Woman?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Fair question. Spellings hiring created the expected OMG Furor on Franklin Street. Her Repub/Conserv resume totally freaked out those freaks even more than their everyday freakiness. From Day One, her Job One seemed to be “getting the UNCCH Rabid Bats to “like her”. That was never going to happen of course. They don’t like themselves much less “a Bush Woman”.
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        She probably did some good… eliminated a few redundancies… downsized a few low-level positions, etc but six months after she’s gone, her “impact” will have been erased. Yes, The BOG is, and always will be, an unmanageable circus of fops and fools (EXCEPT for 2-3 “good guys” I count as friends) but a competent executive manager should be able to deal with “that”.
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        Was she “better than Tom “The Bagman” Ross? Yes in the sense that a stubbed toe is “better” than a kick in the teeth. IMO… Erskine Bowles was as good as they’ll ever get as UNC Prez and I mean that as a compliment to EB.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Your comments on Paul Allen and Dottie’s passing brought back some painful memories. Had a beautiful friend all through 12 years of school. She married a fellow NCSU grad. They had a great life. He took over his dad’s little business that made furniture parts…the wooden stuff that holds a piece together. Turned it into a major furniture factory. Built a humongous factory. Had over 750 employees. BUT, his wife had leukemia. None of his vast fortunes could fix his wife. He built a home beside her party so when things got bad, they were near.
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      He sold the furniture company. Regretted it. Bought it back, at a huge profit to the venture capitalists that owned it. After her death, he lost his drive. Lost the whole thing. Eventually did remarry and raised a family. But his zest for life was buried with my classmate.
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      Folt and Spellings. Who knows? Folt has a job for life. The folks that run the Chapel Hill Fund are probably more in control of the UNC ship than anyone the legislature appoints. Otherwise, where is all the excess earnings coming from that the Blue Smurfette so freely spends….like spreading kitty litter, but never working on bladder control with the gaggle of felines.
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      Spellings…..like a Supreme….you never know how that will work out. The next one will probably be grilled more. My vote is for Mary Marlin. That ought to drive our buddy bonkers

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        My sources “over there” think Folt’s UNC days are numbered. She will always be “a carpetbagger” and never a Tru Blue. Most college Prezs/Chancy have about a 8-10 year run before both sides grow tired of each other. Holden Thorp had the personal CV for a long run at UNC but Fate prevailed. HT is doing very well as #2 at Washington Univ in St Louis. E-spoke with him last week.

    • Sue Ipock Frye Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I thought at first that you were going to talk about the Paul Allen who was former UNC quarterback from Ayden. He went on to be head honcho of Amway and had a very interesting life..good reading if you are interested enough to Google it. As for our friend, Dottie…..she was a classy southern Belle. She and I became friends in first grade at Harvey. She is one of the few people I have known who was loved by everyone. She had such a sweet and gentle soul and touched many lives. I think she would love your comments about her.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        You mean Paul MILLER from Ayden / UNC / AMWAY. Paul was never “head honcho” of AMWAY but he was/is one of AMWAY’s most successful distributors… now living well in Myrtle Beach area. Don’t believe Paul Miller’s bank account ever reached Paul Allen’s level but both men were highly successful for sure. I got to know “Miller” at UNC. Great guy!
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        Knowing Dottie, I suspect all the well-deserved kind words and thoughts would have embarrassed her.

    • Doug Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Sadly, I admit to thinking the same thing about Paul Allen’s health and death. In the unlikely event that anyone is upset about Ms Spelling’s departure, McDonald’s is once again bringing back the McRib for a limited time. Maybe it’ll soften the blow some. That and Hallmark Christmas movies start tomorrow.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        DRAT… I meant to note The Return of The McRib. As for Hallmark Christmas Movies… Blondie uses Hallmark Movies to escape the muck & mire of “news” these days. She has one on 24/7 on a TV next to her computer. It works MAGIC on her peace of mind…

    • TarHeel69 Reply
      4 weeks ago

      One vote for the green bean casserole, and strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff…..

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        It (The Casserole) is my only MUST HAVE for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners.

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