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…

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…

Dreaming

Don’t Wait Too Long

Dreams Back in 2,000 I wrote a song titled “Don’t wait too long to make your dreams come true.” One verse said, “Tell your Mama and your Papa that you love them every day. Cause it won’t be too long ’til your Mama and your Papa’s gone away.” Greg Brayton and I recorded that song,…