Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Nov. 30, 1968 John to MV
[postmarked Saturday, November 30, 1968, Perry GA, presumably written on Friday evening 11/29/68] Hi! Boy is it hot. We ate your lunch near Knoxville Tennessee and it was very good. We are staying in Perry Georgia at the New Perry Hotel. Tell everybody hi! I am having a grillion funs. Your brother, John
P.S. Good luck with the P.R. Serena and Roberta
Mary, do you remember what you fixed them for lunch – maybe turkey sandwiches? Perry GA is on I-75 south of Macon, and according to the New Perry Hotel website it has been "a favorite rest stop for travelers since 1925," 619 miles south of New Vienna. This would have been Granddad's last trip to Florida. Would Dad (or one of the Hortons?) have been driving them south and John went with them? Or was Granddad still driving? I like John's creative use of language and exaggeration in "a grillion funs." Also, his concern about Roberta and Serena handling the paper route without him. Although the New Perry Hotel survives, the Quality Courts Motel and the pictured Japanese Rock Garden lives on only in vintage post cards. The plaque at the bottom of the garden picture reads: "If you have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden."
Consider this post a preview of coming attractions as in 2011 I hope to feature more vintage family correspondance.