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The Sling Shot Man and Other Non-famous Carolinians
January 15, 2009 8:57 PM   Subscribe

The Sling Shot Man is Rufus Hussey, a man who's awesome with a beanshooter. This is a segment from 1985 of Down Home with the Carolina Camera which is a long-running part of Charlotte's WBTV's Top o' the Day variety show. There are a total of 22 videos on the YouTube channel which all feature interesting but non-famous Carolinians. Here are some other stories I liked: The Dulcimer School, Alligator Catchers, The Checker Players, The Gourdman of Angier and Backwards Man.
posted by Kattullus (18 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh! Plum forgot! The first link via William Gibson's blog.
posted by Kattullus at 9:09 PM on January 15, 2009


An excellent post...I also enjoyed The Tree Climbing Dog & The Jail Cook. . .
posted by dawson at 9:24 PM on January 15, 2009


I enjoy pretty much all of them.

Also, something about the reporter has me in hysterics sometimes. I can't quite articulate why but I find him hilarious.
posted by Kattullus at 9:30 PM on January 15, 2009


Yeah, he's (reporter) perfect for this. I like Marshall Tucker here too. Heard about him pretty much my whole life but never saw him like this til now... good people.
posted by dawson at 9:37 PM on January 15, 2009


These are great. These are the type of Americans we just don't see enough of in the rest of the world -- kind, humble people with slightly peculiar obsessions and the can-do spirit.

Nice post
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:13 PM on January 15, 2009


kind, humble people with slightly peculiar obsessions and the can-do spirit.

To be fair, this is also a different type of reportage than "Are you afraid of a black man in the white house?"

We all have good and bad sides.
posted by rokusan at 10:37 PM on January 15, 2009


We all have good and bad sides.

Whew, that was a close call. Also, don't forget we had a civil war over slavery. And the Vietnam war.
posted by mecran01 at 4:56 AM on January 16, 2009


The Texas Country Reporter is a very similar show. Witness Chicken Fried Bacon as an example.
posted by jim in austin at 5:33 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Watch The Dulcimer School. Listen to how the reporter pronounces Appalachian. Never say it any other way.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:25 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Awesome post. I want a slingshot!
posted by leotrotsky at 8:36 AM on January 16, 2009


I may have to begin talking backwards myself, now. And jim_in_austin? I believe my cholesterol went up just watching that video... There are times I miss Texas, if only for the audacity of the food.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:56 AM on January 16, 2009


Nice. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 9:28 AM on January 16, 2009


Listen to how the reporter pronounces Appalachian. Never say it any other way.
That's cool I guess, because that's the way I always said it.... Erm, how how else is it pronounced? That Texas link is awesome too, but I'm partial to the Carolina folk.
posted by dawson at 12:56 PM on January 16, 2009


I read Roger Welsch's tractor books to put me in a friendly state of mind towards Americans. A history professor turned part-time farmer and tractor restorer, he's one American I wouldn't mind having as a neighbour.

Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles is on Google books if anyone wants a preview.
posted by Harald74 at 1:46 PM on January 16, 2009


Please don't take my last post to imply I wouldn't want most Americans as neighbours, as I'm sure Americans are better neighbours than most of my fellow Norwegians....
posted by Harald74 at 1:47 PM on January 16, 2009


dawson, some people pronounce it as if they were speaking of a wine-growing region.

These people annoy me, and I yell at them.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:00 PM on January 16, 2009


AhHa, MrMoonPie...I hear what you mean, and come to think of it I've encountered that.
posted by dawson at 8:41 AM on January 17, 2009


Phenomenal post. Reminded me just why I love my home state so much. Thank you.
posted by willie11 at 11:50 AM on January 25, 2009


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