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George Lester
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SPUNKY FLAT AND BEYOND
Memoirs by George Lester

Memoirs

Chapters

SPUNKY FLAT AND BEYOND


  • The Intruder 11-14-06
  • First Date 10-1-06
  • The Little House Outback 9-14-06
  • The Vision 9-1-06
  • Quirky, Random Childhood Thoughts 8-15-06
  • The Omen 8-1-06
  • Retaliation 7-15-06
  • Do You Remember 7-1-06
  • The Lost Hours 6-15-06
  • The Horn of Plenty 6-1-06
  • The Big Move 5-15-06
  • Fractured 5-1-06
  • Yodeling 4-15-06
  • Puzzlement 4-1-06
  • Sam Banty 3-14-06
  • The Pugilist 3-1-06
  • Leonard 2-15-06
  • The Upshur County Incident 2-1-06
  • Uncle Unique 1-15-06
  • Cujo 1-1-06
  • Santy Claus 12-15-05
  • A Chilling Experience 12-1-05
  • Mister Keen 11-15-05
  • Escape from Peril 11-1-05
  • The Louisiana Connection 10-15-05
  • Dances with Alligators 10-1-05
  • Mr. Know-It-All 9-15-05
  • Grease 9-1-05
    "...After many hours tending the crops under the hot central Texas sun, the brief sojourn to the creek was a real treat..."
  • How Sweet It Was 8-15-05
  • Goodbye Summer 8-1-05
  • Our Secret World 7-15-05
  • BOOM! 7-1-05
    Shooting off fireworks one Fourth of July
  • Alma 6-15-05
    Every school day in Spunky Flat was an adventure of sorts.

  • A Walk in the Black Forest 6-1-05
  • The Irony of It All 5-14-05
  • Cyclone 5-1-05
  • The Field Trip 4-20-05
  • Hamburgers and Hoot Gibson 3-12-05
  • Oh Say Can You See 2-1-05
  • Hunger Pains 1-16-05
  • The Cyclist 1-1-05
  • The Reluctant Thespian 12-15-04
  • Lottie and the Tri-Motor Ford 12-1-04
  • Watching the Radio 11-15-04
  • Just Missing Elvis 11-1-04
  • The "Killer" Cows 10-27-04
  • The Poltergeist 10-15-04
  • The Victory Lease 9-28-04
  • Football in the Thirties 9-16-04
  • The Entrepreneurs 9-7-04
  • Playmates 9-1-04
  • Tin Can Shinny 8-23-04
  • Mules to School 8-17-04
  • The Smorgasbord 8-9-04
  • Ice Scream! 8-9-04
  • The Schemer 7-29-04
  • Manna from Heaven 7-29-04
  • Bandmaster 7-20-04
  • Oyster Stew 7-14-04
  • The Haunted Boots 7-8-04
  • Radio Days in Spunky Flat - Leapiní Lizards and Doughboys in the Cotton Patch 6-26-04
  • Phantom of the Oilwell 6-16-04
  • Sausage Biscuits 5-12-04
  • The Graduate 5-6-04
  • Monsters of Big Creek - A Mother's Wisdom 4-30-04
  • The Campaigner 4-27-04
  • Enlistment - Under-age enlistment and WWII Marine boot camp. 4-1-04
  • Our Buick Pickup Truck - "The oil boom in west Texas played out in the thirties, so many people started migrating back east again ..." 3-21-04
  • Phoenix Bird of Texas - Until then we had only read about the explosion or heard it chronicled by word of mouth numerous times. That day it became real. 3-7-04
  • The Gospel According to Spunky Flat - The only way we got news and information was by word-of-mouth. The more mouths passing it along, the more distorted it became. 2-17-04
  • Maxine - When we walked out of the store with our ice cream and not having to pay, I thought that this credit thing was the most wonderful invention of all times. 2-6-04
  • Lillian - "Probably every boy has had a crush a girl who didn't even know he was alive. It happened to me..." 1-12-04
  • Romance at Spunky Flat or Little Schoolhouse in the Cotton Field
  • The Movies in 1930s Marlin - "Our dad gave us each a quarter to spend on our big "Saturday-go-to-town" day ..."
  • Union Grove - Helmet-less Football, Bone-chilling Movies, Short Boxing Careers and Why Teachers Should Be Demanding
  • George and Sam at the Fort Worth Frontier Centennial - Billy Rose, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch and the 1936 Fort Worth Centennial
  • A Real Privy - "... Dad stood there looking around without saying anything but the expression on his face spoke volumes."
  • PREFACE - "This is not my life story. It is only the time that is often referred to as the "fleeting youth" of my days on earth."
  • George Lester

    A Profile
    Born. February 18, 1926 Vivian, Louisiana

    Schools:
    Lorena, Texas
    Vivian, Louisiana
    Eureka School, Spunky Flat, Texas
    Union Grove, High School, Gladewater, Texas

    Left high school year before graduating to join Marines in WWII.

    After war worked for Civil Service at Red River Arsenal, New Boston, Texas and Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. Total about 7 years.

    Went into radio as announcer in 1953 until retirement in 1991.Worked in San Antonio, Seattle, New Orleans, Omaha, and Houston among other cities.

    Years of speaking ad-lib on radio seemed to help in creative writing style. Also writing thousands of radio commercials.

    Hobbies: Golf, singing, working crossword puzzles, and playing with the computer.

    Father of two sons and a daughter.


    George Lester










    Left to right
    Kneeling: Eddie Lester, Deanne Lester (daughter of J.P. Lester Jr.), Sam Lester

    Next row up: Ferell Lester (Ocee's wife) holding daughter Rosalind, sister Maxine Deckard holding son "Speedy", Rose Lester (J.P Jr's wife), sister Mary Lester.

    Back row: Ocee Lester, J.P. Lester Jr. holding daughter Kay, J.P. Lester Sr., Morris Lester

    Radio Days

  • The Salesmen 10-1-07
    ...and Jim Reeves...
  • What If 9-15-07
  • A Trip Back in Time 9-1-07
  • Trouble in Paradise 8-15-07
  • The Guitar Picker 8-1-07
  • The Utopian Life 7-14-07
  • The Best Little Radio Station in Louisiana 6-30-07
  • The Seven Month Itch 6-15-07
  • The Hero 6-1-07
  • Radio Lonesome Dove 5-14-07
  • The Budget 5-1-07
  • Pioneer Television Days 4-16-07
  • Old Buddy George 3-28-07
  • Changing Mediums 2-16-06
  • Fun and Games 2-1-07
  • The Turn About 1-22-07
  • The Four States Area 1-1-07
  • The Producer 12-15-06
  • Discovering the Advantages of Radio 12-1-06
  • Advancing? 11-1-06
  • Radio Static 10-19-06

    Photos by George Lester
  • Mary Allen College, Crockett 11-11-05

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