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Carol Perkins: Meeting Mr. Eugene Martin, fellow writer

'Mr. Martin is an inspiration and makes we wonder what I will be doing when I am ninety-five.'- CAROL.
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By Carol Perkins

Since he started writing for the Times, I have been reading Mr. Eugene Martin's articles and marveling at his vivid memory. He paints images of places and situations I have heard from my mother and when I was little, from her mother, but personally have no knowledge of those days otherwise. Twenty-five years separate us in age and experiences.

When I learned of Mr. Martin's birthday party last Sunday, I wished to meet him. As a fellow writer for the paper, I wanted to get to know the man whose subjects and topics were so captivating and witty, and whose new book I couldn't wait to buy. (JackMAN of All Trades sold out the first 100 copies and will soon be available to the Museum of the Barrens and at the First Methodist Church.)

The turnout for his party was enormous. As I held my punch cup and wandered around the church hall, looking at the collection of toys and other items he had made, I realized that Mr. Martin was, indeed, a man of many talents and many friends. After searching for a familiar face and not seeing one, I thought about how each community has its network of acquaintances and friends. Every person greeted me warmly and probably was thinking, "Do I know her?" Isn't that what we do when someone is among us that we don't know? I was a fish out of water, but I didn't mind. I came to meet the man and his family and to buy his book.

When we met, I praised his works. He said, "I can remember the past much better than the present." I don't understand why, but it is true for most of us. However, I have no doubt Mr. Martin knows what is going on around him all the time, as well as what is happening in the world.

Mr. Martin greeted lines of people that day. When I left, it was to the door. Having so many people to turn out on this special day would be the envy of most.

I just turned seventy, and I admit it is a daunting thought to be this age. However, my mother once said, "A person might feel like he's done nothing in his life, yet in one year might accomplish more than in all the rest." That is the hope of all of us. When we stopped trying to be productive, we might be giving up on what we could or should have done. Mr. Martin is an inspiration and makes we wonder what I will be doing when I am ninety-five.

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756

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Carol Perkins finally gets to meet much admired writer

2016-09-08 - Glasgow, KY - Photo submitted by Carol Perkins.
Carol Perkins, with Mr. Eugene Martin at the celebration of his 95th birthday. Mr. Martin is a much loved writer for the Glasgow Daily Times.

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