The Georgia Rambler: A Potter's Snake, The Real Thing Recipe, a Satilla Adventure and More

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For years, veteran Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Charles Salter roamed the state in his 1975 Chevy station wagon in search of the most offbeat characters to appear in his celebrated column, "The Georgia Rambler." From tall tales of the Okefenokee Swamp to treasure hunters of Duluth and ex-moonshiners of North Georgia, Salter's stories are as eclectic and extraordinary as the people he interviewed. Along the way, he discovered the alleged original recipe for Coca-Cola in the pages of an old pharmacist's ...

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For years, veteran Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Charles Salter roamed the state in his 1975 Chevy station wagon in search of the most offbeat characters to appear in his celebrated column, "The Georgia Rambler." From tall tales of the Okefenokee Swamp to treasure hunters of Duluth and ex-moonshiners of North Georgia, Salter's stories are as eclectic and extraordinary as the people he interviewed. Along the way, he discovered the alleged original recipe for Coca-Cola in the pages of an old pharmacist's book, a find that inspired a recent episode of This American Life. Read these remarkable stories and more in this never-before-published compilation of the best of "The Georgia Rambler."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609492021
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 1,449,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I Duos

Love's Flame Survives Civil War 15

Old Moonshine Not Better 19

Moonshiner Needed a Level Head 22

Fiddlin' John Carson and Moonshine Kate 25

A Potter and His Silent Partner 29

Miraculous Survival at Sea 32

Golden Dreams 35

Short, Sweet and Cheap Weddings 38

Part II Life's Work

Fightin' Mad 43

J.B., Thunder and the Lord in Fields 48

Adventure on Satilla River 51

Last of the Polite Tobacco Chewers 54

A Garden Dedicated to God 56

Legend about Good Luck 60

Shaving Horse Gives Close Shave 63

Message of Hope, Faith and Love 66

Singer Says Gangster Was Sweet, Courteous 69

Part III Way Back When

Does Sign of Snake Point to Gold? 75

Everyone Can't Be a King 79

More Than a Fishing Village 82

Living in the Style of the 1800s 85

Sermon Really Shook Them Up 89

Old Houses from Genteel Era 91

Wild Hogs Roamed in Mountains 94

Part IV Exits

Destiny Halted Party for FDR 101

Marines Called Oswald the "Creep" 104

Sylvia's Still the Talk of the Town 109

Haunted House Moans and Groans 112

Ghosts Slowly Floated Away 116

Church Booted Straying Members 120

Old Dan Tucker 122

Farewell and Good Luck 125

"Prophet" Prepares for Eternity 127

Part V Side Trips

Is It the Coca-Cola Recipe? 133

How Old Coke Became New Coke News 136

Herbs for What Ails You 139

Mysterious Night of the Mull 142

Chief Vann's House 145

Mr. Bass Tells Turtle Tales 149

Teacher Loves Country Music 152

Teller of Tall Swamp Tales 155

Family Life in Okefenokee 158

Country Cooking Fit for a President 161

Memories of a Barefoot Boy 164

Sense of Belonging Gone 167

Index 171

About the Author 175

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Terrific

    This is local history at its finest. Salter is an outstanding writer and captures a side of Georgia culture and history that is fading fast.

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