Bad Weather

As I look out my office window here in Hillsborough, North Carolina I see a Winter Weather Land. It is beautiful. The news reports say that snow has invaded the south and more is on the way. I received a couple of e-mails cancelling meetings. It reminded me of one cold winter night in Michigan…

Art Fettig

A Writer?

Did you ever look back on your life and ask yourself, “What if I had done things differently?” I just looked at what I had written and started snickering to myself. What a can of worms that thought could produce. I could play a game of “shoulda, coulda, woulda…” There is a song that Sammy…

Joe No No

A Bad Example

I guess you could say that Father Skiffington, S.J. was my first Mentor. He was my English teacher in my junior year at the University of Detroit High School.  Somehow I had been named “Staff Poet” on the Cub Newspaper and he had been reading some of my stuff.  One day he called me aside…

Audience

A Substitute

One of my fondest memories as a speaker was the time I was called in by General Foods Management Club to substitute for Ewell Gibbons, a natural food TV celebrity. I lived right there In Battle Creek, Michigan where the meeting was to be held. Ewell was forever being shown on TV eating cattails and…

A 1950 black Ford Tudor, loaded with extras.

Car Memories – My First Car

A 1950 black  Ford Tudor, loaded with extras. A radio, heater and white wall tires. I bought it on my 21st  birthday, July 5, 1950 and paid cash for it, $1,200. Money I’d saved from my job at the railroad. (Those were the days.) Nine months later I was drafted into the U.S. Army and…

Poetry - Poet

Hillsborough-area poets take a turn for the verse

America’s Worst Poet? “America’s worst poet” – that’s how Hillsborough’s Art Fettig once heard himself reviewed on a radio show with Earl Nightingale. Fettig was used to scathing reviews – his first poem met 26 rejections before it was published. But he went on to teach courses for writers on overcoming rejections and marketing their…

Parade - Art Fettig

Watch how NC State Football helped salute the military this weekend, prior to the team’s game against the Syracuse Orange. [1] I wonder who is doing the opening salute?  Could it be Art Fettig? References: The News & Observer, October 3, 2017

Arts First Cruise

Location, Location

“You had to be there.” How many times have you heard that expression as an excuse for somebody’s strange behavior. Well, I find myself using that expression when I look at some of the things I have written in my lifetime. For instance, one of my very early attempts at songwriting. The location was three…

Mentoring - Mentor

Mentors and such

Have you ever identified those individuals who had a major influence in your success and progress? A few years ago I identified the two men who had the most positive impact on my life. Their framed photos soon found a place on my wall. Seeing them daily I soon developed a nagging feeling that two…

Almost Andy

Being Almost Andy

For the past eight years, in a variety of situations, I’ve been performing as a character we named “Almost Andy.” For decades people have been remarking on how much I looked like Andy Griffith. On my 80th birthday I took a course on comedy from a wonderful comic and instructor Rog Bates. At the first…