On Roy Clark, Hee Haw, Joe Huber’s Restaurant and Gospel Bird.

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That’s good!

No, that’s bad.

In the wake of Roy Clark’s passing, there have been many appreciations focused on Clark’s amazing skills as a musician, but also for his decades-long contribution to popular culture in the form of co-host of the syndicated television series Hee Haw.

Clark himself told the story in 2015:

My lukewarm-at-best initial commitment to Hee Haw turned into a job that lasted 24 years (from 1969 to 1993) amassing 585 one-hour episodes. How the show came about and how it lasted and prospered far beyond anyone’s wildest hopes foreshadowed the incredible growth in popularity country music would demonstrate over the next few decades.

Yesterday was a one of those good news/bad news moments. I’ve no intention of rewriting the script because I don’t need a haircut, but here’s the lowdown.

That’s good: Joe Huber’s Restaurant and nearby property will stay in the family and in business after an auction Saturday at the iconic Starlight, Indiana, tourist destination. And much of the farmland that many worried might get chopped into subdivisions will be preserved.”

That’s bad: Gospel Bird bows out after a three-year run … but maybe that’s good, too. Eric Morris and his crew (as it turned out, a crew of both past and present employees) had the chance to say goodbye on their own terms. Not everyone in the brutal restaurant business has the opportunity to play a farewell card — and after all, Hull & High Water is still very much in business.

Photo borrowed from my cousin Sabrina.

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