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The Road to Pickletown
The Road to Pickletown by William Jeanes
by William Jeanes


 
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The Road to Pickletown is a collection of newspaper columns by William Jeanes, a former editor-in-chief and publisher of Car and Driver magazine who lives in Mississippi. The pieces include an eclectic selection of recent columns from William's weekly newspaper, the Northside Sun. The Sun is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. The columns range in tone from warmly humorous to serious outrage and cover subjects that veer from progressive politics to prohibition and from cowbells to Cuba. Most but by no means all have a connection to Mississippi and the south--as seen by a native son who spent more than half his life in New York City and in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Other columns were written for a national audience and were published in I, Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, Car and Driver, and Automobile. Their subjects include the joys of driving at night, wartime baseball, the woman who struck out Babe Ruth, the Safari Rally in Kenya, shooting sporting clays, and Elvis as a film critic. William left Mississippi twice, once to serve as an officer in the US Navy, and once to work for magazines and advertising agencies. He was gone for almost forty years. Long enough to gain perspective on a country that delivers endless fuel for a writer who can spot the fools, frauds, and feeble thinkers from a considerable distance.

For more than three decades, William Jeanes was a major figure in automotive journalism. He began as a freelancer in the 1970s, became a staff writer at Car and Driver, and after a ten-year career in the advertising agency business, he accepted the position of editor-in-chief at Car and Driver. His writing has been published in a score of the world's automotive publications as well as in Sports Illustrated, Parade, Playboy, American Heritage, Consumer Digest, the New York Times, and AARP The Magazine. His scholarly writing and reviews have been published in the Journal of Mississippi History; War, Literature and the Arts; The Journal of World War I Aviation Historians, and others. He served forty-three months on active duty with the United States Navy, mostly aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. He became Senior Watch Officer on the Intrepid and left the service with the rank of lieutenant. He lives in Ridgeland with his wife, Susan. He is retired but writes occasionally for the Northside Sun and served until 2017 on the board of the Eudora Welty Foundation.



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