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Bert Montgomery: The double-wide gospel

Posted 3/19/2010 in Local Columns

Roger Miller sings about trailers, be they for sale or rent. Kid Rock reminds us that unlike Ice Cube, he ain't outta Compton but straight outta trailer. And Jimmy Buffet, the son of a son of a sailor, is just glad he doesn't live in a trailer.

 

Bert Montgomery: Elvis’ birthday, No.8 and 42

Posted 1/8/2010 in Local Columns

Number 8. January 8, to be exact. It's Elvis' birthday. Number 8. Archie Manning wore the number 8 on his jersey. He is everyone's all-time favorite Saint. Speaking of the New Orleans Saints, at 13-3, they are undeniably one of the best teams in the NFL (so what if they lost these last three games?!) and are going into the playoffs. I'm pulling for them to make it into the Super Bowl.

 

Bert Montgomery: Who Dat?!: (The ‘09 Saints and requiem for a joke)

Posted 12/18/2009 in Local Columns

The New Orleans Saints have a perfect record and are serious contenders for the Super Bowl.

 

Bert Montgomery: Of Egg Bowls, the Maroon Band, and things that never change

Posted 12/1/2009 in Local Columns

Things sure have changed since I was in the Famous Maroon Band. Back in 1986, I was a trombonist (one of among 30-plus trombones) in the band. Dr. Kent Sills (or, “Doc”) was director of bands; Mr. Bob Taylor (“Mr. T”) was assistant director. MSU football legend Rockey Felker was in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

 

Bert Montgomery: The mellowing of a former peacenik

Posted 11/19/2009 in Local Columns

Uncle Obed, from over in the northern Mississippi Delta, drove a mobile medic truck during World War II. His son, my cousin Ricky, says the stories Uncle Obed told resembled the chaos that was made famous by M*A*S*H (even though that was set in Korea). Uncle Obed returned from Europe and continued farming in the Delta.

 

Bert Montgomery: A student's murder, a teacher's reflection

Posted 11/2/2009 in Local Columns

Reid's note grabbed my immediate attention: “Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Bobby Batiste. Batiste stands accused of murdering Andreas Galanis. Both young men were students at Mississippi State. Andreas Galanis was a friend of mine.”

 

Bert Montgomery: Prayer, priorities and the Jumbotron

Posted 10/6/2009 in Local Columns

Written on Saturday, Oct. 3, prior to the MSU/Georgia Tech football game. “Nice to see the faculty raises being put to good use!” joked a school administrator to an MSU professor, referring to the huge banner of Coach Dan Mullen hanging along the side of one of the stadium ramps.

 

Bert Montgomery: Get your cowbells ready, 'cause here come the Tigers

Posted 9/22/2009 in Local Columns

“I hate LSU!” These may very well be some of the very first words I ever heard. Still today, if you ever meet my parents (especially my mother), you'll hear them, too.

 

Bert Montgomery: Singing ‘Father Abraham’

Posted 9/15/2009 in Local Columns

As a child growing up in the Church I learned the cute little children's song “Father Abraham” (and it's corresponding physical movements): Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham I am one of them and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord! Right arm! Left arm! 

 

Bert Montgomery: Riding the storm out: Katrina, with Popcorn

Posted 9/6/2009 in Local Columns

Four years ago I was at home with my wife and sons, sleeping in my bed, and going on with the routines of my life up in Kentucky. Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, then levees broke and water inundated the city of my birth. My best friends from high school down in St. Charles Parish had been forced to scatter; I learned later that some were in Florida, many had gone to Texas, and others into the mid-west.

 

Bert Montgomery: Gospel Care — an open letter to churches

Posted 8/31/2009 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago my Commercial Dispatch column “Holy Health Care!” was picked up and carried in a few other newspapers. Something about it spoke to people.

 

Bert Montgomery: The truth about Favre and pickin’ flowers

Posted 8/24/2009 in Local Columns

I'd like to address two rumors I've heard this week: first, that quarterback Brett Favre is retired; and second, that the upcoming 3rd Annual Pardon Johnny Cash Flower-Pickin' Festival in Starkville is dead.

 

Bert Montgomery: ‘The ‘Neau’ will always be ‘The W’ to me

Posted 8/15/2009 in Local Columns

My cousin, Jenene, is joining the faculty of the University of Illinois at Springfield. She tells people she graduated from “The W,” which is and shall always be, true. But when people try to look up “The W” from now on, they’ll have a hard time finding it.

 

Bert Montgomery: Holy heath care!

Posted 8/10/2009 in Local Columns

I write from a perspective of faith. Sometimes I write in broad, general terms, but today I am writing to all in the Golden Triangle region who identify themselves as Christians. To the pastors and teachers, bishops and priests, deacons and elders, and to all who enter church doors week after week, let us affirm a common belief: Each and every person is created in the image of God.

 

Bert Montgomery: Willie, State and an Ole Miss conspiracy

Posted 8/3/2009 in Local Columns

One of the best concerts I've ever been to was on April 22, 1992, at the amphitheater on Mississippi State's campus. It was the Allman Brothers Band with Blues Traveler, and it was incredible. I even have “bootleg” cassettes of that show (if anybody has upgraded this show to digital, I'd be glad to provide a couple of blank CDs . . .).

 

Bert Montgomery: Shall we gather at the tavern?

Posted 7/29/2009 in Local Columns

A funny thing happened during church one night: We were invited to participate in karaoke, with the promise that everyone who sings gets a free shot of whatever liquor they want.

 

Bert Montgomery: Football players and law breakers

Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Columns

Dr. Kent Sills (“Doc Sills” everybody called him) was the director of bands at Mississippi State when I was a student here back in the mid-80s. I played trombone in the Maroon Band. Doc used to say – especially during football season, and especially when we went to road games – that if any of us got arrested, he wouldn't claim us.

 

 

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