I have been friends with author Lori Leachman for over twenty years. In that time, I’ve heard many stories about Lamar Leachman, her storied father, and his great love affair with his wife, Lori’s mother Paula. Those stories have become even more poignant now that we better understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and its terrible impact on many athletes. Lori’s published a book about her parents and I asked her if she’d answer a few questions. […]
It is amazing how revealing and enlightening funeral celebrations can be. Long-held secrets may finally be shared. The truth of a particular situation is told. Long-simmering resentments are aired, or forgotten. Memories are resurrected. The nature of love is revealed.
I experienced all of these things at my father’s funeral in 2012. These revelations brought new context to my entire life. The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen is my effort to synthesize what I thought was true about my life and what I learned was true about my life, my parents, and their love story.
My father was the typical small town football star whose ticket out of Cartersville, Georgia was a football scholarship. My mother was a debutant wanna-be with captivating looks and a sense of herself. They met in the fall of 1956 at the Fall Football Banquet […]