- D.G. Martin Turning defeat into victory the William Friday way
By dying on October 12, the 219th anniversary of the university’s founding, UNC President Emeritus William Friday once again turned a seeming defeat into a victory. It was, some were saying, just like Presidents Jefferson and Adams, dying on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the nation’s founding. Friday’s death leaves […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The Lost Colony, Blackbeard, the Wright Brothers and who?
Who was North Carolina’s greatest civil-rights hero? Hundreds, even thousands, of North Carolinians in the 1960′s can claim hero status. But their quest for justice and equality were inspired by men and women who fought bravely a hundred years before them. My choice for the greatest comes from those early times. About 10 years ago, […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Feeling for Obama
I know how Obama feels. Or in the words of the acknowledged champion debater and explainer, Bill Clinton, “I feel his pain.” Why and how can I make such a claim? Because I was a political candidate who had the opportunity to debate my opponent several times in front of live TV cameras. I understand […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Writing about what keeps you up at night
What is it about our families that brings love and hate so close together? How can siblings go for years without speaking to each other? You know folks who are estranged tragically from the very people who could and should be their best friends, their brothers and sisters, or their parents or their children. How […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The myth of divided government
Is there anything good that has come from the last two years of deadlocked government in Washington? Will our current “My way or no way, no compromise” political culture have any beneficial result? Maybe it is this: the myth that a divided and deadlocked government is a good thing for our country, that myth is […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Remembering the Dixie Classic
“It was late, close to midnight, one December night in 1956.” These are the opening lines of “The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South,” Bethany Bradsher’s book about The Dixie Classic, which will be featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend. She continues, “A thirteen-year-old boy named […]Read More
- D.G. Martin All kinds of new North Carolina books
Summer has suddenly come to an end. And I bet there is a stack of books by your bed or somewhere in your house, ones you meant to read this summer. Watch out! Here comes another batch of new North Carolina books, some of which belong at the top of your pile and others you […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Badminton players, Tokyo Rose, and waiting for 2016
“We hope we lose this contest so we can have a better chance to win when it counts.” Does that comment sound like something from Olympic badminton players during the recent London games? They were trying to lose some preliminary matches because losing would get them a better draw in the next round. What does […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Blame it on William Jennings Bryan
Are you are already tired of the presidential campaigns and the barrage of television ads, glad the conventions are over, and dreading the upcoming debates? Blame it on William Jennings Bryan. It used to be different. That was before radio, television, and airplanes. It was not so long ago that presidential candidates did very little […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The basket of lost trust
What does a lesson learned from a Mecklenburg County district court judge many years ago and a recent experience of Duke Energy have to do with this year’s presidential election? Trust. It has been almost 45 years since a brand new Charlotte lawyer presented a proposed order to Judge J. Edward Stukes. It was a […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Can Latin fried chicken beat your mama's?
“Nothing says ‘South’ more than fried chicken,” says Sandra Gutierrez, who was born in the U.S., grew up in Guatemala, and now lives in Cary. She is author of “The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South” and a recent guest on UNC-TV’s […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Paul Ryan: Romney's "Seer Stone"
“It doesn’t make any difference.” That seems to be the one thing that TV and other media political prognosticators agree on these days. When the impact of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate is discussed, the end line seems always to be, “of course, as history shows, in the end […]Read More
- D.G. Martin A Wilmington widow’s secret mission in World War II Washington
It is 1942. German spies are operating at the New York ports. Sicilian dockworkers, maybe connected to the Mafia, want to help the USA. Louise Pearlie, a young widow from Wilmington, becomes the contact person and more. Louise had moved to Washington and gotten a low level clerk’s job at the Office of Strategic Services […]Read More
- D.G. Martin "Slicker than that" in Madison County
“Amazing,” I told my friend the other day. “Three of this year’s best North Carolina novels are set up in Madison County, just north of Asheville along the Tennessee line.” “Interesting,” my friend said, but his eyes were glazing over. He wanted to talk politics, not books. Still I continued, “And in each of them […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Standing up a mountain, standing up themselves
What is it about Jay Leutze’s new book, “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” that has created so much buzz? You can make your own judgment this weekend (Friday 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.), when Leutze is a guest on UNC-TV’s North […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Searching for the real Black Beard and the real Jesus
What does North Carolina coastal historian Kevin Dufuss have in common with New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman? If you asked them, each might tell you he is a truth seeker about a man whose life is shrouded in myth. In his book, “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate,” Dufuss challenges some fundamental beliefs […]Read More
- D.G. Martin How the ordinary becomes the extraordinary in Susan Woodring’s 'Goliath'
Susan Woodring’s new book, “Goliath,” establishes her place as one of North Carolina’s finest young writers. She will talk about “Goliath” on North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend (Friday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.) Goliath is the name of a small, seemingly ordinary, one-factory North Carolina furniture town, which Woodring begins to describe […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Make room at the top of your book pile!
The summer is fast coming to an end. And I bet there is a stack of books by your bed or somewhere in your house, ones that you meant to read this summer. But there were just too many other things you had to do. Watch out! Here comes another batch of new North Carolina […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Wiley Cash's "A Land More Kind than Home" on North Carolina Bookwatch
What is it about Madison County this year? At least three important North Carolina novels this year are set in that mountain county, which lies along the Tennessee line. Why all this literary attention to this isolated county, that is mostly known as the home of Mars Hill College, the site of the Civil War […]Read More
- D.G. Martin This dad can finally brag about his son
Maybe you did not notice. Last week the governor signed House Bill 799 (HR 799), a bill that makes it easier for military spouses to get the certification they need to work in North Carolina if they have been licensed for their occupation in another state. For service men and women who have been trained […]Read More