The Charm of John Willingham

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I always like finding abandoned grocery lists or notes scribbled in the margins of used books. 

A couple weeks ago at Second Editions, the used bookstore at the central library, I hit the motherlode: an elaborately signed copy of the late John Willingham's World Champion Bar-B-Q. I would expect nothing less. 

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It reads: 

If you read this book and practice what it teaches, 
It won't help your favorite candidate win election
It won't help your favorite team to win the NFL or NBA
Nor will it help your sex life, but ... 
It will sho-nuff help your bbq'n!
Remember — "Southern White beans," never pass gas in a Southerly direction — So .... 
You should choose your "beans" carefully. 
Yours in que, 
John Willingham 
Memphis, TN

P.S. May Godl bless you and the republic for which we stand. God bless America! 


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