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Dear Readers - August, 1984

By Susan M. Thigpen © 1984-2012

Issue: August, 1984

This past month we've had a few unexpected telephone calls that we'd like to tell you about.

First: National Geographic Magazine called seeking information for an upcoming book which will include a feature article about Mayberry Trading Post and Miss Addie Wood. We can barely wait to see their finished article and book.

Second: Mother Earth News Magazine called to find out how to contact Floyd Hawks who appeared on the front cover of our July issue. Seems they are working on an article about the old fashioned ways to harvest grain and wish to seek Mr. Hawks' advice.

Naturally we felt honored by requests coming from such notable publications. We gladly provided what assistance we could and anxiously await both articles.

Third: We received a telephone call from the office of Richard Mulberry, Inspector General, Department of the Interior, regarding Mrs. Minnie Compton's right of way which was closed by the National Park Service [Blue Ridge Parkway] (June 1984 issue). They informed us that letters had poured in, in support of Mrs. Compton and they were investigating the matter and would let us know the results shortly. We'll let you know what we hear. We'd like to say thanks to everyone who wrote on Mrs. Compton's behalf and to those who haven't written yet, please do.