Sally Ann Webb McPherson is the child in this memoir of life in an authentic southern town in the 1940s. She is a feisty, redhead who comments on everything from nicknames and wars, to religion, smoking, football, medicine, politics and childrensMoreSally Ann Webb McPherson is the child in this memoir of life in an authentic southern town in the 1940s.
She is a feisty, redhead who comments on everything from nicknames and wars, to religion, smoking, football, medicine, politics and childrens literature. She climbs trees, gardens, composes songs, plays sports and games and learns to waltz. She pays nine cents for the Saturday cowboy movie and five cents for popcorn, and then reenacts the scenes with neighborhood boys. Often confined to a wheelchair, she identifies with the President of the United States.
She remembers irreverent relatives, town characters, a football hall of famer, the Harlem Globetrotters, Andy Griffith and even a benevolent ghost. As a bonus, the memoir is accompanied by restored photographs and sidebars that digress from the 1940s to include historical people, facts, places and events of this historical town- some sidebars also reflect from a 21st Century perspective that contrasts so sharply with the time depicted in these stories.
Sally Ann Webb McPherson did not know her name was Sarah Ann until she was an adult-baptized, confirmed, twice married, enrolled in school and graduated from the University of North Carolina under the name Sally Ann. When she applied for a passport in mid-life, for the first time she needed a birth certificate. The North Carolina Bureau of Vital Statistics informed her that they had no record of her birth. She called her mother saying she always thought she was pooped on a log- but was this proof?
Oh try Sarah Ann- you were named for your Aunt Sally, said her mother. Sally Ann never knew Aunt Sallys name was Sarah either.Sally Ann Webb McPherson is the child of the stories. She lives in Florida and is a passionate student of Florida and North Carolina History.