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When Clarence Thomas
Wrote to George Jones

National Public Radio, by Melissa Block

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 4/27/2013 10:56:19 AM

The news today that the great country singer George Jones had died at age 81 left me flooded with memories of my visit with him in 2010. I went to his sprawling estate in Franklin, Tenn., to interview Jones for our "50 Great Voices" series. After our interview, he took me on a tour of his basement "museum." (Snip)There on the wall, I spotted a fascinating oddity: a framed letter to George Jones from none other than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It´s printed on Supreme Court letterhead, dated Sept. 10, 1993. Justice Thomas begins by thanking Jones for having sent him two letters,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/27/2013 11:46:03 AM     (No. 9299425)

NPR is fighting for their life.

They are right up there at the top of the list

for total de-funding.....right behind the United Nations.

A polite nod to Clarence Thomas doesn´t make a ding in the massive bias they have displayed in the past.

Why is this brilliant BLACK jurist not celebrated by the BLACK community ???

Because Marxism trumps everything.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 4/27/2013 11:49:17 AM     (No. 9299429)

What a beautiful letter! Has there ever been a more decent and considerate man to serve on the Court? And one who was demonized by worthless chunks of humanity, to include dead ted kennedy and old joe biden?
About three decades ago, Chubby Checker performed at our county fair in sw pa.
He did his twist songs, but then launched into several country songs, explaining that in S.C., that is the music he grew up listening to. He had an excellent voice, by the way.
But in the civil rights days of the 50s and 60s, blacks had to make fun of country music, because white liberals from the north were telling them to do so, I suspect. And yet there is little difference between the blues and country.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoniTx, 4/27/2013 12:00:32 PM     (No. 9299441)

Love this story. Also, love the fact that George Jones wrote to Clarence Thomas, and sent him him tapes and a CD. What a fantastic reply he received from the judge!

Thanks for posting.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Capt Scurvey, 4/27/2013 12:36:30 PM     (No. 9299472)


"I remember circlin´ the drive-in, pullin´ up
An´ turnin´ down George Jones"

Barbara Mandrell singing "I was country when country wasn´t cool"


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Reply 5 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/27/2013 12:46:08 PM     (No. 9299480)

Because the black community and the GOP fail spectacularly to appreciate and stand by Justice Thomas, it always means a lot to see any kind words in print. I am not surprised at the eloquence of Justice Thomas but I am touched to know George Jones reached out to him. Thanks for this story.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: yuban, 4/27/2013 1:11:27 PM     (No. 9299508)

Great story.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fritzilou, 4/27/2013 1:16:19 PM     (No. 9299510)

Who am I, but a lone fan of Clarence Thomas and he took the time to write two beautiful letters of friendship and thanks for my comments and compliments to him. His typewritten letter contained handwritten side commentary of a most gracious kind. He is truly a man of the people.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tocsin, 4/27/2013 2:11:16 PM     (No. 9299550)

If you haven´t yet, be sure to read
My Grandfather´s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas
It explans a lot of why, as #7 says,:´´He is truly a man of the people.´´

FTA:Stuffed opossums, in honor of his nickname, "The Possum."
He also had another nickname from his drinking days, ´´No Show´´ which was his TN license plate on his big, old, yellow caddy.Ha!


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Reply 9 - Posted by: reilly, 4/27/2013 2:24:16 PM     (No. 9299557)


George Jones is a spectacular talent overlooked by many in this nation, including me.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Malia2012, 4/27/2013 5:16:33 PM     (No. 9299710)

What a sweet story and so indicative of the way George Jones should be remembered. Thank you, Justice Thomas for your gifts.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: keekng, 4/27/2013 5:42:25 PM     (No. 9299735)

Justice Thomas may seem weak or small to some for his lack of oratory on the Supreme Court but he is, indeed, a big man.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: fayebeck, 4/27/2013 6:07:33 PM     (No. 9299756)

Judge Thomas should have been a truck driver.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sherlock, 4/27/2013 6:16:41 PM     (No. 9299762)

What a humble sweet man Clarence Thomas is. I truly love him.
I used to work at a amusement park here in Southern Ky, close to Cumberland Falls, all the famous country music stars, and the newbies who wanted to be, and went on to be famous, come to do their shows, as I remember on more than one occasion the Possum(George Jones) didn`t, or couldn`t, show up to perform-he was famous for that to, but when he did he always brought the house down...loved to watch him,and Conway Twitty.....bet O`Conway was there at the gate to greet him.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: montanabound, 4/27/2013 6:37:06 PM     (No. 9299773)

Great story. George Jones was beloved personally by his peers, and now I know why. What a kind way to reach out to Justice Thomas, and how cool that Thomas was a fan already.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy, 4/27/2013 7:14:27 PM     (No. 9299796)

Two great guys. I admire both.

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