Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina

Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina

by Scott Mason


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A blend of oral history and memoir with a good dose of quirky humor, Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina is a celebratory look at the people and places of North Carolina. WRAL-TV reporter Scott Mason—the Tar Heel Traveler—profiles colorful characters and out-of-the-way places. The sequel consists of all new material and showcases twenty-five of Mason’s most memorable television stories along with the amusing stories behind each.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493037513
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 324,100
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Scott Mason has been a television reporter for 30 years and WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler since 2007. His more than 100 journalism awards include 14 regional Emmys and three National Edward R. Murrow awards, one of broadcasting’s highest honors. He has twice been named North Carolina Television Reporter of the Year. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix


Earl Owensby: The B-Movie Legend 1

Dr. Stanley: The Smoking Doc 11

Monique Johnson: Two Feet of Inspiration 20

Mary and Mildred: Identical Twins 28

Percy Flowers and The Grocery Sag: Moonshine and Hot Dogs 34


Mount Airy: Mayberry and More 45

Mount Airy: The Granite Quarry 49

Mount Airy: The Moonshine Monk 53

Mount Airy: Thelma Lou 57

Mount Airy: Disc Golf and the Story of George 60

Mount Airy: "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" 67

Hertford: Catfish, Wolfman, and More 70

Hertford: Catfish Hunter 73

Hertford: Wolfman Jack 78

Hertford: Perquimans County Courthouse 83

Hertford: The Monument 87

Hertford: S Bridge 90

Hertford: The Turtle Log 94

Anson County: The First, the Epicenter, and the Outlaw 96

Anson County: Lilesville 98

Anson County: Solar Eclipse 103

Anson County: The Outlaw 108

Murphy: Manhunt 111

Murphy: The Murphy Pyramid 114

Murphy: The Moon-Eyed People 120

Murphy: The Mystery of Abraham Lincoln 126

Landmarks, Curiosities, and Firsts and the Unexpected …

Three-Point Shot: The Forgotten Moment 133

Three-Point Shot: What Happened to Ronnie 143

Basketball Phenom: Bingo! 146

Statesville Stained Glass: Christopher 149

Famous Louise's Rock House Restaurant: Three Counties Under One Roof 155

The Hen & The Hog, and the Halifax Resolves: Patriotism and Shrimp and Grits 159

Concrete Statuaries: The Rubber Band Man 166

The Skydiving Reporter: Wing Tips 172

Andrews Geyser: Highest Spout in the World! 181

The Serpentarium: Snakes and Sinatra 188

Hootie and Gene 194

Chewy: Faithful Friend 198


The Place I Go 204

Index 209

About the Author 211

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