Our vote: Keep writing your columns, Jack

JACK-REMEMBERS-SIGI have always said I was going to quit writing “Jack Remembers” when I hit 1,000 columns. Well, today is my 1,000th column.  Since we have all just voted this week, I have decided to let my readers vote to help me decide whether to continue for another year or call it quits. Send your vote to: P.O. Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or To help you to help me decide, I am going to tell you about my personal life.

I am 83 years old this month. I recently lost my wife, Laura. We were married 63 years, and I had been her caregiver for the last several years.  I would like to do some traveling.

Probably the most convincing “no” vote would be the fact that I can hardly afford to write the article any longer. I am computer illiterate, have to maintain an office part time, pay for the upkeep of a computer and printer, and lastly, a secretary who types my articles, corrects my English and emails them to newspapers throughout the state. I have fully retired from real estate, and my income is very limited.

On the plus side, writing this column keeps my mind sharp, and I love doing it.  At my age, I go to a lot of visitations and funerals, and laying on the table with the family pictures will be a laminated copy of a “Jack Remembers” I had written about the deceased. I wrote several articles about running the restaurant at Lake Village in Paris, and I have gone in restaurants all over the state with one of my old articles hanging near the cash register.

My main satisfaction in life is the thousands of letters I have received over the past 19 years, like this one from Eunice Durden of Macon.

Mr. Hackley,

I read of your wife’s death.  Please accept my condolences.  Want you to know I enjoy your articles so much.  I am of your same generation, so I can relate to your memories.  Live in Macon, but take the Moberly Monitor – of course. I feel we old Democrats are a different breed!

Sincerely, Eunice Durden, Macon

Jack can be reached at P.O. Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or  Visit

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