Archive - Dec 2011 - Outlook
Just imagine flying across the nation on Christmas Day. Just imagine 12 nights in Burbank, Calif. Just imagine working six of those days under pressure, on deadline, with no pay. Just imagine being part of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Just imagine what it feels like to see float No. 56 round the magic corner.
âJust Imagineâ is the theme for the 123rd Rose Parade, and Conover resident Michael Paysour will be in Pasadena for the third year in a row as a float decorator.
Paysour, 59, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. history and civics at Fred T. Foard High School.
Lifelong Conover resident Don Barker spent many years behind a camera as a photographer for The Observer News Enterprise. Photography was also his hobby, along with history â especially area history.
In 2007, Barker wrote âFor the Love of the Game,â which reports the history of the Newton-Conover Twins baseball team.
Barkerâs âBig Time for a Dimeâ delivers a history of movie theaters in the Catawba Valley.
Barkerâs recently released book âConoverâ is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishingâs popular âImages of Americaâ series.
In addition to a history of unparalleled love songs from The Lettermen, here is another constant: Tony Butala, original and founding member.
Butala remained with the popular vocal group for its 50-plus year career. As the only founding member in the trio (Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton), Butala, 73, said as long as there is a Lettermen group, they will be singing good, quality and positive harmony music that the whole family can enjoy.
How has the trio managed to keep the sound, the genre and popularity?
âBecause I am the lead on most of the hit records,â he said candidly.
Amidst the growing community of Bethlehem and off the beaten path of N.C. 127 North, Bethlehem Branch Library offers an engaging blend of books and art.
The library, part of the Alexander County Library, opened five years ago on Rink Dam Road.
Through the efforts of the Bethlehem Branch Friends, the small library expanded last year and added a childrenâs section.
Bud Caywood, president of Friends, Bethlehem resident, artist and poet, said the new area is called âthe gallery.â