Thursday, November 24, 2016

A 1965 Thanksgiving Day Tribute to Kaolin!

So, where have I been - I won't duplicate the post, but I did write a bit about my last few weeks at my other blog, within this post. As I said there, I hope to be back on a regular schedule (which, for this site, is about every two weeks), starting immediately.

Today, I have a tape I find to be barely steps away from being totally bizarre, but then again, maybe you had to be there. You see, a significant amount of the wheels of industry and gears of income in central Georgia, at least at a point some 50 years ago, seems to have been all wrapped up in the clay known as Kaolinite, better known as Kaolin. Its uses have run from making glossy magazine pages shiny to being the key (original) ingredient in Kaopectate, and many other uses in between.

So important was it to the region, that for at least two years, radio station WCRY in Macon broadcast tributes lasting over an hour, about, and in honor of, Kaolin. My best guess is that the money brought in by Kaolin played a significant role in the life of this station, hence the "tribute". Without that supposition, as I said, this program strikes me is fairly odd, to say the least.

For this year's Thanksgiving, here is the first of the two shows titled "A Tribute to Kaolin", from 1965. If you're really clambering for the 1966 version, maybe I can share it with you next Thanksgiving.

Download: WCRY, Macon, Georgia: A Tribute to Kaolin, 1965

On this Thanksgiving, I offer up my thanks to everyone who reads this site, with a special thanks to those who chime in with comments. I really appreciate it.


  1. Loved ones, let's gather 'round the old wireless and listen to facts about chalk dust.

  2. Everything comes from someplace else and our local economies become dependent on the export and manufacture of that substance, whatever that may be. I get it.
    But when I think of that chalky substance contained in Kaopectate and consumed by millions (?) here and abroad, just strikes me as absurdly funny. Don't ask me why, it just does :)

    Bob, I hope you get onto a regular posting schedule soon so I'm not constantly late to your every posting. Maybe pick a day, or every 2nd and 4th week of the month, or something. Whatever works.
    Thanks again for picking another unusual recording which illustrates the quirky mosaic of our 'Murikan culture(?) :)