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It’s no big wonder that the new series, The Hatfield’s and McCoy’s is doing so well, it’s got all the good story themes covered in one long epic journey; Two men fighting over a pig (who doesn’t love that!) Family honor, justice and vengeance – A Romeo & Juliet style (forbidden) romance – A love triangle – Sex – Lots of shooting, killing, hangin’ and gettin’ locked up – Loss, grief, regret, condemnation and forgiveness, just to mention a few.
I grew up hearing about the evil Hatfields and the ‘real’ McCoys.
My beloved grandparents were from ‘them thar’ hills. Check out
my Grandma and her brothers, the O’Cleary Clan. Yep, Irish. Fightin’ Irish we was.
It was a hard time in our history. My Grandma bemoaned their fighting, but, being Irish, she also understood it and loved retelling their romanticized stories. My grandfather, who was born in France and transported (long story) to the Appalachians as a small child of French speaking immigrants, remembered when he was about 10 years old how reporters came up to the mountain on the ten year anniversary (1912-ish) of the last Hatfield trial, asking around for anyone who may have known anything about Johnse Hatfiel. Johnse was the Romeo in the Romeo & Juliet portion of the popular story. (In truth, not so much a Romeo as a Lothario; Read the true story here –
|Gramps, Minnie Mouse, & Mom|
Consequently, I grew up going to the Oregonian News Paper
where grandpa worked for over thirty years. I was a regular in
the production room. My name tag read, ‘Minnie-Mouse-Meyers.’
Thank you grandpa. He was a man who made many, many mistakes in life, but whose essence lives on in my memory and in every word I write and every novel or poem I read. What a gift he gave.
BTW -it may surprise you that the ‘Real McCoy’ has nothing to do with the Hatfield’s & McCoy’s and more to do with Scottish Whiskey–read on
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