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Jack Remembers: Some honors more expensive than others

By Jack Hackley Gov. Warren Hearnes’ Inauguration in 1965 mirrored a national Presidential Inauguration. It was the most elaborate and colorful the state had ever seen or would see in…

Mom would’ve fed the pigs with what’s called ‘fresh bread’ today

By Jack Hackley Everybody has a pet peeve. One of mine is not being able to buy fresh bread in the grocery store. Now that Wonder Bread is out of…

My most memorable Christmas not the most politically correct

By Jack Hackley At my Methodist church, our former minister, Kate McClain, asked us during Advent each Sunday to tell our most memorable Christmas story. I told the congregation I…

I’m at a real loss when it comes to typing and no better at all on a computer

By Jack Hackley I get letters from all over the United States, and also emails such as this one from Roger Fray: Mr. Hackley, I live in Iowa now, but…

Our system of electing people wasn’t nearly as bad when patronage ruled

The elections are over, but as I write this all I know is I don’t like how campaigns are run. Where I grew up in Eastern Jackson County, politics was…

The best teacher I ever had cost his football water boy a 10-yard penalty

By Jack Hackley Mae Cline recently celebrated her 100th birthday at a local church. In a scrapbook was a “Jack Remembers” column that I had written on her 90th birthday.…

With more twins these days, there’s more opportunity to pull the old switcheroo

By Jack Hackley Back when I was growing up and in school, I never knew any twins. There weren’t any in our school. Today I see a set of twins…

No Hackleys on the Isle of Wight and, apparently, no sense of humor in England

By Jack Hackley When I was in grade school, the teacher gave us an assignment for the next day to tell the class where your family came from, what nationality,…

When nothing’s plugged in, darned if those outlets don’t leak electricity

By Jack Hackley I received several letters from people who remembered who wired their farm house when they first got electricity from REA. Bill Carter from Norborne, who reads my…

In the Army, volunteer for nothing

By Jack Hackley, One of the first things you learn in the army is never to volunteer for anything.  After four months of infantry basic training at Fort Riley, they…