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Jack Remembers: I learned everything about electricity when I put my finger in a socket

By Jack Hackley It is hard for me to realize that most people in this country today do not know what life was like without electricity because they have always…

Ray letter among mailbox bonanza

By Jack Hackley Absolutely no one could have more interesting mail than I get. I get mail from all over the United States and apologize for sometimes not answering. If…

Jack Remembers: Something in the Water?

By Jack Hackley I received an interesting letter from Walter Peterson from Gurnee, Ill. which is located between Chicago and Milwaukee. Letter in part: My sister, who resides in the…

Town never quite managed that (sports) match made in heaven

By Jack Hackley I recently did a column about three farm boys who attended a one-room country school, graduated from Mexico High School in 1952, and all three obtained their…

Ike was too popular to keep in office

By Jack Hackley It is probably the first time in history a defeated U.S. Congressman is so popular in his district that he cannot fulfill all the invitations to speak.…

Farm boy landed a couple and I lost interest in that Buckner girl

By Jack Hackley When our schools were smaller, we knew most of the kids from Grain Valley, Odessa, Buckner and Blue Springs. The schools all looked alike. They were two-story…

Whiskey made Dear John hurt less

Memorial Day always brings back memories of my service time. When I was in the infantry, every morning when we were in camp, everyone would fall out in formation for…

Lenny, the Gov have clout, politics or not

By Jack Hackley Back in 1970 when the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV against Minnesota, Warren Hearnes called me and asked if I would bring Len Dawson to Jefferson City…

Jack Remembers: When the beer wore off, Smitty realized he was packin’ a little extra in the trunk

By Jack Hackley Ironworkers on construction crews fall into three different groups. One group puts the reinforcing in concrete. Another group puts the structural steel in commercial buildings and bridges.…

Poor dogs just needed a middle man

By Jack Hartley I used to live north of I-70 on Gillespie Road, which was a favorite dump site. Not only did they dump trash, but dogs and cats. I…