Lewis Grizzard is dead and I don’t feel so good myself


sc_logo_TEXTIf there were two things Lewis Grizzard loved they were a dive bar and the Georgia Bulldogs. So when Lewis came to Dublin, Georgia, to hawk his book “Glory! Glory!” I took him to Estes Beer and Wine on West Madison Street.

At the time I was editor of the Dublin Courier Herald, one of the first daily newspapers to report on a high school athlete from nearby Wrightsville, Georgia, named Herschel Walker.

Lewis was traveling with his buddy and co-author Loran Smith who also inscribed my copy of “Glory! Glory! Georgia’s 1980 Championship Season: The Inside Story.”

After an hour or two at Estes, Loran wrote: “It’s hard to realize you are a Baptist! Thanks for the good time. We like your friends and your style.”

I never corrected Loran about the Baptist part.

Lewis Grizzard died on March 20, 1994. Sady to say, I believe Estes has gone on, too.

Hang in there, Loran.

Lewis Grizzard
Lewis Grizzard signed my copy of “Glory! Glory!”, the story of the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs


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6 Responses to Lewis Grizzard is dead and I don’t feel so good myself

  1. Celeste Bracewell March 21, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    I love these Sweet and Clear moments…well-named, well-written. Thank you.

  2. Buddy March 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    There are great times to remember — like your note on Lewis.

  3. John Robins March 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Was intrigued by but was unfamiliar with Lewis Grizzard. Researched him. Seems to have been an interesting, talented, & amusing guy. I was also somewhat smitten by your homage to Grizzard by your feature’s title drawing upon Grizzard’s “Elvis is dead, and I don’t feel so good myself”.
    Nice piece, Doug.

  4. Beverly Nelson March 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Of course Elvis died before Lewis……. :>)
    No wonder Lewis wasn’t feeling too good himself.

  5. Lawrence Head March 30, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    I read most of the great publishings of Lewis, and loved them all. He lead me to other Southern writers who took me on further journeys into my past and beyond. I’ll think of them, later.


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