LEWIS M GRIZZARD 20 Oct 1946 20 Mar 1994
Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994)
Georgia-born humorist and best-selling author Lewis Grizzard conveyed the ambivalence of many white southerners who embraced the economic and material benefits of Sunbelt prosperity while remaining skeptical and sometimes resentful of some of the social and political changes that accompanied these gains.
Born in Fort Benning,GA on October 20, 1946, Lewis McDonald Grizzard Jr. grew up in Moreland,GA where he moved with his schoolteacher mother,
Christine, after his father, army captain Lewis McDonald Grizzard Sr., left them. (Grizzard later memorialized his parents in his books My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun  and Don't Forget to Call Your Mama—I Wish I Could Call Mine .) While a student at the University of Georgia (UGA), he served as sports editor of the Athens Daily News and went on to become the executive sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age twenty-three. He endured an unhappy stint with the Chicago Sun Times, which he chronicled in If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground (1990). In 1977 he returned to his home state and soon began to write a regional color column for the Atlanta Constitution that was eventually syndicated in about 450 newspapers. Compilations of those columns formed the basis for many of his twenty-five books on a variety of subjects, from women and religion to golf and UGA football. Many of these were best sellers, including Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself (1984), Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night (1989), and the posthumously published Southern by the Grace of God (1996).
In the self-deprecatory tradition of southern humorists, Grizzard often called himself a redneck,
but as journalist Peter Applebome has observed, he was actually "the patron saint of the new suburban South, where you could have both the values of the old general store and the designer label wares of the megamalls." He lived in Atlanta's exclusive Ansley Park, his footwear of choice was Gucci loafers (worn without socks), he was partial to Geoffrey Beene cologne, and he used the gun rack behind the seat of his truck to hold his golf clubs. Although he protested that he liked pork barbecue much better, he owned up to eating caviar at Maxim's in Paris and even to visiting the Louvre Museum.
Grizzard was at his best regaling audiences with stories of "rat-killings" in Moreland or discussing the subtleties of the southern pronunciation of "nekkid," but his country-boy perspective shaped his reaction to all of his personal experiences even as he became a national and international celebrity. In a humorous story entitled "There Ain't No Toilet Paper in Russia," he described Peter the Great's palace as "fifteen times bigger than Opryland."
If Grizzard's humor revealed the ambivalence amid affluence of the Sunbelt South, it reflected its conservative and increasingly angry politics as well. He was fond of reminding fault-finding Yankee immigrants that "Delta is ready when you are," and, tired of assaults on the Confederate flag, he suggested sarcastically that white southerners should destroy every relic and reminder of the Civil War, swear off molasses and grits, drop all references to the South, and begin instead to refer to their region as the "Lower East." Grizzard also wore his homophobia and hatred for feminists on his sleeve, and one of the last of his books summed up his reaction to contemporary trends in its title, Haven't Understood Anything since 1962 and Other Nekkid Truths (1992).
In the end, which came in 1994, when he was only forty-seven, the lonely, insecure, oft-divorced, hard-drinking Grizzard proved to be the archetypal comic who could make everyone laugh but himself. He chronicled this decline and his various heart surgeries in I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin', and Now I Believe in Miracles (1993), published just before his final, fatal heart failure.
Ironically, Moreland now boasts museums honoring both him and native son Erskine Caldwell, whose darkly critical vision of the South helped to bring on the changes that Grizzard and his generation of white southerners both embraced and bemoaned.
Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. (October 20, 1946 - March 20, 1994) was an American writer and humorist, known for his Southern demeanor and commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sports writer and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian & lecturer.
Grizzard also published a total of twenty-five books, including collections of his columns (e.g. Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his comedy discussed the South and Grizzard’s personal and professional lives, it was also a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, including relationships between men and women (e.g. If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health, especially heart health. Grizzard was also the stepbrother of the Southern humorist Ludlow Porch.
Grizzard was born in Columbus, Georgia. His father, Lewis Grizzard, Sr., a soldier in the United States Army, left his mother Christine, a school teacher, when Lewis was young, and the mother and son moved in with Christine's parents in Moreland, Georgia, where Lewis would spend the rest of his childhood. Grizzard would recount his often frustrating relationship with his father in My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun. He began his writing early, publishing stories of his little league team in the nearby Newnan Times-Herald, Newnan, Georgia.
Grizzard attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He is a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, International, and during his time in Athens he became an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan. He studied journalism, but he shunned the school newspaper in favor of the independent Athens Daily News. After graduating with a B.A. in journalism in 1968, Grizzard moved on to Atlanta, joining the Atlanta Journal, and becoming the youngest ever executive sports editor of the Journal at the age of 23. The Executive Editor of the Journal, Jim Minter, said that had Grizzard stayed there, he would be remembered today as one of the great newspaper editors of the 20th century. His time there included the Marshall University football team tragedy and the Journal's coverage of Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
Grizzard then left to become the executive sports editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. He would later recall this as the most miserable period of his life. His tenure included a controversy involving the removal of several news columns written by Lacey Banks, the Sun-Times' first African-American sports columnist, from the newspaper, which resulted in Banks charging racism against Grizzard and led to Banks's subsequent firing. Although the newspaper, under editor Jim Hoge, supported Grizzard, a federal arbitrator reinstated Banks, and he criticized Grizzard as "racially insensitive". Grizzard, for his part, contended that the arbitrator did not understand the newspaper business, and he pointed out that he had replaced Banks with Thom Greer, a writer who was also Black. Grizzard felt this invalidated any charge of racism. One Chicagoland radio announcer who sympathized with Grizzard said that Grizzard had been pronounced "guilty by geography".Grizzard was also divorced for the second time while living in Chicago. Grizzard's career as a newspaper man in Chicago is recalled in If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground.
In 1977, Grizzard returned to Atlanta as a columnist for the sports section of the Atlanta Constitution, newspaper. After eight months, he switched to writing the humor/life column that would eventually make him famous. He published this column about four days per week. At his peak, he was syndicated in 450 newspapers and making regular appearances on television and the stand-up comedy circuit. His popularity in Atlanta was such that the alternative newspaper Creative Loafing, in its annual "Best of Atlanta" poll, included the categories "Best Columnist" and "Best Columnist besides Lewis Grizzard".
Grizzard often drew criticism for his disparaging remarks about gays and feminists. And his dislike for the New South and reflections on the "Old South" just of his youth were frequently misinterpreted. Nevertheless, he was extremely popular in the South, and he had enduring popularity across the nation because of the humor, humanity, patriotism, and old-fashioned values that permeated his writing. His frequent bewilderment by the modern age struck a chord with many Baby Boom readers. Grizzard refused to use computers, writing every column or book on a regular typewriter. ("When I write, I like to hear some noise", he said.)
In 1988, Grizzard made his acting debut on the sitcom Designing Women,in the episode "Oh Brother", which first aired on 18 January 1988. Grizzard played the role of Clayton Sugarbaker, the half-brother of Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker. He was a former mental patient aspiring to be a stand-up comedian.
Grizzard had a somewhat troubled life, battling alcoholism, and going through three divorces. He was voted "The Author From Hell" at a publishing convention for his behavior on book tours. He also suffered from a congenital heart defect - a valve problem. In his own words, "There are three little leaflets that control the flow of blood to the heart. I was born with only two of those leaflets. It was just after the Great War, so there may have been a shortage. Either that or my daddy didn't get a good toe-hold." His near-death after his third valve-replacement surgery in 1993 brought in over 50,000 letters from well-wishers. He later attributed his miraculous recovery to the prayers of his fans.
Some time after marrying for the fourth time, Grizzard died of complications of his fourth heart-valve surgery. Grizzard suffered from brain damage, according to one report, from lack of oxygen to his brain. Had he survived, he would have been quite impaired. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated, and some of his ashes were scattered at the 50-yard line of the Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. The typewriter he used to author columns about the Atlanta Braves 1991 "worst to first" season is on display in the library of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Grizzard never fathered any children, but he did adopt the daughter of his fourth wife.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ... DEDRA GRIZZARD
Fourth wife is the keeper of Lewis Grizzard's flame
Published on: 04/21/08
New acquaintances can't help asking Dedra Grizzard the same question: "Are you related to Lewis Grizzard?"
"Yes, I was his fourth wife. You know, he had a few," she tells them. "And I always say, 'I would like to think that I am the only one that matters, but he's not really here to defend that.' "
Dedra Grizzard, widow of Lewis Grizzard, looks after what she calls his 'intellectual property.'
It's been 14 years since Lewis Grizzard died after heart surgery, but the Southern humorist is still very much a part of Dedra's life.
She always has one of his books on her nightstand and sometimes listens to his tapes when she's alone in her car.
She wears his Hamilton watch and, about 95 percent of the time, the wedding band he gave her. She remarried in 1996, divorced four years later, and is single now.
"I just feel better when it's on," Dedra said.
Grizzard's old typewriter and a guitar given to him by Chet Atkins occupy places of honor in her antique-filled Atlanta home. A collection of columns about her daughter, Jordan, now 19, hangs in her bedroom.
"Lewis wrote a lot more about Jordan than he did about me," Dedra said, "He used to call me the lady he was keeping company with."
They'd been together four years when they were married in a hospital ceremony in 1994. Grizzard died four days later.
"He said, 'You're going to have to have the Grizzard name; without the Grizzard name, you have absolutely no power,' " Dedra said. "His mother and father were deceased; he had no brothers or sisters. ... He said, 'For my legacy, we have to.' So, we married in the hospital."
Since then, she has looked after what she calls Grizzard's "intellectual property."
She operates the Web site www.lewisgrizzard.com
, called "an online tribute to a great American," and Bad Boot Productions Inc. with Lewis's friend and business manager, Steve Enoch.
A half-dozen times a year, she sees the Grizzard tribute act performed by Bill Oberst Jr., whom Dedra calls "my actor." She watches his mannerisms, making sure he's looking over his glasses just the way Lewis did.
She tries to tie in some of Oberst's performances to schools so they'll study Grizzard.
"My ultimate goal is to have him remembered as a great Southern writer," Dedra said.
Her immediate goal? Finding a publisher to get Grizzard's books back into print.
"If you loved Lewis, you want everything he's ever done," Dedra said. "It's like a cult almost. I want these books out there. People send me e-mails: 'I can't find them.' "
Grizzard dedicated the last book published while he was alive — "I took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' and Now I Believe In Miracles" — to his then-fiancee. It said, "To Dedra, the real survivor."
About six months ago, she was cleaning out a piece of furniture when she found the original piece of paper on which he'd typed the dedication.
"I found it smushed in the very, very back," she said. "It was just one of those moments where I just know that he's still with me a lot."
Dedra is now 47, the same age Lewis was when he died.
"I think about it all the time because I feel so young and so full of life," she said. "I just think: He was so very young and had such a reason to live."
Grizzard doted on Jordan, now a freshman at the University of Colorado.
"Lewis would die if he knew she was a Buffalo!" Dedra said.
She has another daughter, 10-year-old AnnaBelle, who has grown up steeped in Grizzard lore.
A gifted storyteller in her own right, Dedra had to stop appearing in "Grits and Grizzard" performances with Deborah Ford, author of "Grits: Girls Raised in the South."
"I get so nervous in front of people that I don't sleep or eat for weeks," she said. "It's just so difficult on me mentally that I can't do it."
She's working on developing an old family farm in Tennessee.
One day she wants to go to culinary school to become a chef and have her own business but can't afford it with Jordan in college.
In the meantime, she plays ALTA tennis at the fiercely competitive C-level. "It's her life," Jordan said. "It's her way of entertainment."
"I started when AnnaBelle was very young," Dedra said. "Because I've always worked out of my home and done Lewis stuff, tennis is my socialization."
As keeper of the Grizzard flame, she's always on call.
Recently, a former recipient of the Lewis Grizzard Scholarship was distressed because he couldn't find Grizzard's typewriter at the University of Georgia.
"He called to let me know that a sin has been committed in the journalism school," Dedra said.
She explained to him that the typewriter is in storage because of renovations.
"It's kind of bittersweet," Dedra said. "Because of the work that I do, Lewis is always with me. So, then, I can't quite move forward." She paused and laughed.
"I mean, I do, and I have ... I'm really a very happy, positive person, but, by staying with this, I constantly miss him. I miss his storytelling, his jokes and his ability to make me laugh. I mean Lewis could make me madder than — oh, I just can't even tell you — and then literally in 60 seconds, I could never stay mad at him."
But she wants to make it clear she's looking to the future, not living in the past.
What he missed
"He has missed so many great writing opportunities. He died right before the O.J. scandal. And I wonder what he would say about the political campaigns going on right now. There was actually a nurse in the ICU that looked like Hillary Clinton before he died. He was not fond of her. When she took care of him, she literally had to hide on the other side of the walls. I can only imagine!"
`Lewis M. Grizzard Jr. Son of Christine W. Atkinson. Oct. 20, 1946. March 20, 1994.”
1946 - 1994
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Lewis Grizzard died ten years ago, yet he still lives in the hearts of his legions of fans. To mark this anniversary, the AJC presents this obituary from the front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monday, March 21, 1994 and Lewis' own tribute to his faithful companion, Catfish.
A son of the South
Famed columnist dies at 47 following fourth heart surgery
Toward the end, Lewis Grizzard, knowing his chances of seeing another springtime in his beloved Georgia were slim, still made people laugh.
Even his doctors.
They recounted Sunday that in a tense moment last week, after they had explained to Grizzard that he had less than a 50-50 chance of surviving his fourth open-heart surgery, he responded:
"When's the next bus to Albuquerque?"
Grizzard, whose thrice-weekly syndicated humor column made hundreds of thousands of readers laugh, died Sunday morning at Emory University Hospital in an intensive care unit after a life-support system was removed. He was 47.
Death came from massive brain damage, apparently caused by an obstruction that broke off from his aorta before or during surgery and lodged in an artery that fed oxygenated blood to his brain.
His body will be on public view at the McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan from 3-9 p.m. today. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Moreland Methodist Church, the church he called "so dear to my childhood."
He married there for the first time (at age 19) in 1966 to Nancy Jones. He married for the fourth time four days ago (to Dedra Kyle) in the hospital where he died.
He once said he wanted "somebody, preferably Willie Nelson," to sing his favorite hymn, "Precious Memories," at his funeral. His body, however, will be cremated, and the ashes buried next to his mother's grave in Moreland.
His mother, Christine Word Atkinson, died in 1989 after a long illness. In many poignant columns and books, Grizzard wrote with near reverence of the former first-grade schoolteacher.
"Mama taught me that an education was necessary for a fuller life," he wrote. "She taught me an appreciation of the language. She taught a love of words, of how they should be used and how they can fill a creative soul with a passion and lead it to a life's work."
The Washington Post wrote: "He compares every woman to his mother, who spoiled him rotten."
But he reserved some of his most moving columns for his father, Lewis Grizzard Sr., a highly decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War who died in 1970 of a stroke.
Grizzard said that after his father returned from the Korean War, he was a changed man. "He began to bender-drink heavily. He couldn't handle the family finances and borrowed large sums of money. He eventually left the army, or the army left him.
"My mother could no longer cope with my father's problems and had a 6-year-old on her hands. She moved us to her parents' home and eventually divorced my father."
Jim Minter, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor and one of Grizzard's closest friends, said "one of Lewis's worries . . . was that he didn't measure up to his dad."
Grizzard said his book about his father, "Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun," was his favorite.
Humor to the hilt
In large part, his family roots were responsible for making Grizzard a fiercely proud Southerner. His 20 books and syndicated columns in the Journal-Constitution and 450 other newspapers played redneck humor to the hilt. He took special delight in attacking Yankees, liberal politicians, draft evaders and feminists.
Many readers, instead of laughing at his wit, became enraged. Some called him a racist, a label Grizzard vehemently denied.
Divorced three times, Grizzard wrote that women's activities should be limited to rubbing his back, hugging his neck, baking pies, frying chicken and washing his clothes.
"He's pricked some people once considered off-limits to pricking," Minter said. "He [was] absolutely the best of anyone I know at walking up to the edge of bad taste without being in bad taste."
Pat Conroy, another best-selling Southern author whose novels often decried racism and other problems of the South, once suggested that Grizzard represented mostly what was wrong with the South.
Conroy wrote that he "loathed" the South that Grizzard revered.
Grizzard, who loathed neckties, once acknowledged in a television interview that "I'm not a modern man." Many of his friends said he was born two centuries too late.
Grizzard poked fun at his record of marital problems and his greatest phobia - flying in airplanes. Whenever possible, he preferred to travel by car or bus.
A favorite target was Georgia Tech, the football rival of his alma mater, the University of Georgia. Grizzard was a fixture at Sanford Stadium on the Georgia campus on Saturday afternoons when his beloved football Dawgs played at home.
Former Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley, whose team won the national championship in 1980 with running great Herschel Walker, was one of Grizzard's closest friends. Dooley's successor, Ray Goff, was at the hospital Sunday when Grizzard died.
Grizzard left the university needing one course to graduate. Years later, UGA gave it to him and awarded him a journalism degree.
Popular on lecture circuit
Grizzard was a popular figure on the lecture circuit, commanding up to $20,000 a speech. He occasionally appeared on television, including guest spots on "The Tonight Show," "Designing Women" and "Larry King Live."
The columns, books and personal appearances made him wealthy, but Grizzard yearned to be taken seriously as a writer.
"I wish one time in my life I could do what other writers do . . . get me a villa in Spain and go there to write a book," he said in a 1992 magazine interview. "I'd like to know what I could do if I really had the time to spend on writing a book, with no columns or shows to do at the same time."
Lewis McDonald Grizzard Jr. was born Oct. 20, 1946, at Fort Benning, Ga.
After his mother divorced his father, she returned to Moreland,GA and remarried. The young Grizzard grew up there and went to Moreland Elementary. He graduated from high school in nearby Newnan in 1964.
As a UGA freshman, he was a summertime feature writer for the Newnan Times-Herald. That September, he joined the 2-month-old Athens Daily News.
Newspaper 'boy wonder'
He became a "boy wonder" of the newspaper business. He was named sports editor of the Athens newspaper at 19, and, at 21, became sports editor of The Atlanta Journal. He became an assistant city editor of The Journal in 1975, but left after a short stint to free-lance for Sports Illustrated and other publications.
Later that year, however, he joined the sports department of the Chicago Sun-Times, and that October was named executive sports editor.
But Grizzard disliked Chicago intensely, especially its bitter winters. Last year, when he was facing his third open-heart operation, which almost killed him, he said the surgery would be about as pleasant as "having to move back to Chicago."
In April 1977, pining for Georgia, Grizzard phoned his old friend and mentor, Minter, then The Constitution's managing editor. Minter said he was thinking of hiring a sports columnist.
"Hire me!" Grizzard said, and Minter did. The column began in The Constitution's sports section.
In February 1978, the newspaper announced that Grizzard's column would move over to the news section. Veteran reporters at the newspaper speculated that Grizzard might fall flat on his face because he lacked experience in news.
Column caught on
But his columns caught on like wildfire. They became the talk of Atlanta, and then the South. He was syndicated to other papers by King Features.
Decrying computers, he pounded out his columns on a vintage Royal manual typewriter, and phoned them in to his assistant, Gerrie Ferris - "Wanda Fribish" in his columns.
The fictional characters from his childhood, so familiar to his readers, began to emerge: Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr., Kathy Sue Loudermilk and Cordie Mae Poovey.
His move into book-writing became a Southern publishing event. Peachtree Publishers of Atlanta distributed his first book, the 1979 collection of his columns titled "Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You," and it sold 75,000 copies the first week.
His second book, "Elvis Is Dead And I Don't Feel So Good Myself," made The New York Times best-seller list. He was annually the region's best-selling author.
He chronicled his newspaper career in a book that also summed up his feelings about the South: "If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground."
At the time of his death, he was planning his 21st book - about dogs, especially his Labrador retriever, Catfish, who died five months ago.
Stage and album
Grizzard added concert stage appearances in 1985. A favorite closing line: "Life is like a dog-sled team; if you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."
That same year he released a comedy album, "On the Road With Lewis Grizzard - I've Seen England, I've Seen France, I've Seen Miss America Without Her Underpants."
Most readers, however, knew him through his newspaper columns.
As his fame spread, he let readers and audiences in on the details of a playboy lifestyle he had adopted. In one column, the onetime country boy from Moreland described how he had shot the rapids on a river in Idaho; in another, how he had spent the day sunning himself on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France - and taking note of the topless swimsuit attire.
Some of his newspaper colleagues were models for some of the characters. Journal-Constitution reporter Bill Robinson, his longtime friend, became Billy Bob Bailey, the world's most obnoxious Alabama fan.
He wrote about things he liked - home-grown tomatoes, Moon Pies, doughnuts and especially barbecue - and things he disliked: buttermilk, fishing, computers, electric typewriters, Dom DeLuise and TV evangelists.
Columnists are fair game for every cause and complaint, and Grizzard frequently gave the space to them - a hit-and-run victim, a couple whose home had been burglarized.
But more commonly he wrote about his passions: trains, patriotism, pickup trucks, cowboys, his dog Catfish and country music.
The trivialities of his life filled the column: He couldn't build or repair anything. At age 7 he wanted to be Roy Rogers. His mother made him bathe. No one could cook eggs over medium-well the way his mother could.
Commentary and criticism
But he also ventured into social commentary, sometimes drawing sharp criticism.
When some friends who had been rafting on the Chattahoochee River found themselves in the midst of a gay raft race, Grizzard wrote that people "have a right to float down the river without having to see a sex show, gay or otherwise. If sex had been meant to be an outdoor activity, we would never have been given motel rooms." Gays blasted the column as unfair.
But he frustrated his conservative readers, too, when he supported abortion and gun control. Of the latter, he wrote: "The National Rifle Association [members] are bullet brains. I'd like to see the animals armed."
After his 1993 heart surgery, Grizzard took a softer tone in his columns, writing appreciatively of his recovery and his relationship with Dedra.
Mainly, he loved life, and it showed, said his friends. Grizzard said one of his big worries was that "somewhere there is a great party going on, and I'm missing it."
The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture called Lewis Grizzard "the Faulkner of the common man." Here's a list of his books:
"Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You," 1979.
"Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself" and "Won't You Come Home, Billy Bob Bailey?," 1980.
`Don't Sit Under the Grits Tree With Anyone Else But Me," 1981.
"They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat," about his first open-heart surgery, 1982.
"If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low," 1983.
"Shoot Low Boys, They're Ridin' Shetland Ponies," 1985.
"My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun" and "When My Love Returns From the Ladies Room, Will I Be Too Old to Care?," 1987.
"Don't Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them 'Taters Got Eyes," 1988.
"Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night" and "Lewis Grizzard on Fear of Flying," 1989.
"If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground," "Advice to Newly Wed . . . & the Newly Divorced" and "Does a Wild Bear Chip in the Woods?," about golf, 1990.
"You Can't Put No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll," "Don't Forget to Call Your Mama, I Wish I Could Call Mine," and "Heapin' Helping of True Grizzard: Down Home Again With Lewis Grizzard," 1991.
"I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962: And Other Nekkid Truths," 1992.
"I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' and Now I Believe in Miracles," 1993.