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Garret Mathews

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I grew up in Abingdon, Va., and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1971. I wrote features and columns for the Bluefield, W. Va., Daily Telegraph from 1972 until 1987 when I was hired to write the metro column for the Evansville, Ind., Courier. I retired from the newspaper in 2011. Altogether, I penned more than 6,500 pieces on every subject from murderers to moonshiners and mail-order brides to Appalachian snake handlers. I won several contests (and thousands of dollars in prize money) in contests sponsored by Scripps-Howard (the former owner of the Courier). My 12 books include “Swing Batta” (about coaching 9-year-old baseball players) that was published by Michigan State University, and “Defending My Bunk Against All Comers, Sir!” (about Army basic training during the Vietnam War) that was published by Zone Press. My play about the civil rights movement — “Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror” — has been performed three times. Two of my one-act plays have been in the Indy Fringe Festival. My humorous take on having my prostate removed was published recently in the Chicago Tribune. My legacy web site — Plugger Publishing — has links to four projects that have consumed quite a bit of time over the years. “Favorites” is a collection of my columns from Evansville. “Columnists: While We’re Still Around” contains pieces from other columnists whose work I admire. “Folks Are Talking” is a collection of Appalachian-related features I penned during the ’70s and early ’80s when I worked on the West Virginia newspaper. “Coming Together” contains interviews I conducted with three dozen civil rights volunteers who went South during the turbulent ’60s to register black voters and desegregate institutions. My wife MaryAnne and I live in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis, where we happily babysit our two grandchildren, Gavin and Ben.

Baseball Days: Recollections of America’s Favorite Pastime – Part 3

Garret Mathews asked a number of prominent people to recall growing up and playing baseball.             From the late Monty Hall, host of the long-running TV...

Baseball Days: Recollections of America’s Favorite Pastime – Part 2

Garret Mathews asked a number of prominent people to recall growing up and playing baseball.             From basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale: “Growing up, I was a...

Baseball Days: Recollections of America’s Favorite Pastime – Part 1

It’s funny what you remember about being 10 years old: The rare elementary-school teachers who let us play King of the Mountain during recess.  Neighbors...

A Little Bit Bad Of Getting Muscle-Bound

While walking four laps around the track (a mile) the other day, I did 204 push-ups. And none of the easy variety. My nose...

Thank You, Asperger’s

Lost in some discussions on Asperger’s is dialogue about the plus side of being on the spectrum. I’m a writer — newspaper columns mostly, but some books...

Sports For Aspies…. Let Me Think…

Our local newspaper ran a piece about an autistic collegiate who excels in the steeplechase, a 3,000-meter run interspersed with 28 hurdles and seven...

Yoga – I’m Hot To Trot, Baby!

Yay for me. I have gone to yoga class for 20 straight weeks without needing a medical procedure. Why am I congratulating myself to anyone...

Retired Columnist Learns Late In Life He Is An Aspie: Living...

I am 67 years old and retired from writing the metro column for the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press. (My legacy website is www.pluggerpublishing.com....