Dorothy Dix in the Southern Quote

She was born prematurely in a plantation home in Woodstock, Tennessee and named Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. The year was 1870. Her parents wrapped her tiny body in blankets and surrounded her with heated bricks. Few expected her to survive, but Little Lizzy not only lived, she spent the next ninety years defying expectations.

Lizzy’s childhood was as difficult as her birth. The war was over; but the standard of living she’d been born into was gone with it. Her financially challenged family sat in their large deteriorating home and ate sparse meals on fine china. Although she was in her teens before she was exposed to a formal education, Lizzy entered The Female Academy in Clarksville, Tennessee with a sound knowledge of literature and history through her own study of the classics she’d found in her grandfather’s library. Lizzy finished school and married young. She didn’t get happily ever after; she got a mentally ill and abusive husband. As a result of his abuse, Lizzy soon suffered a brief collapse of her own. It was during her recovery that she found her calling as a writer.

Lizzy never enjoyed a happy home with children underfoot, which makes it even more surprising that she became the pioneer of today’s advice columnist, writing under the pseudonym of Dorothy Dix. Long before “Dear Abby” and “Dear Ann” there was “Dear Dorothy” dispensing love and marriage advice with humor, kindness, and common sense and endearing herself to an estimated audience of 60 millions readers, earning herself the title of the most loved woman in the world.

In today’s southern quote we hear advice from this famous undefeatable Tennessean. Dorothy Dix once said, “There isn’t a single human being who hasn’t plenty to cry over, and the trick is to make the laughs outweigh the tears.” – Dorothy Dix


Lou Holtz in the Southern Quote

He was born in 1937 in West Virginia, a small child with a slight frame, an average athlete and a poor student. He overcame this apparent mediocrity through a burning desire to prove himself.

It’s hard to picture Lou Holtz as the shy child he claims to have been, but Mr. Holtz attributes his famous wit to his birth order. The oldest child had the responsibility he said, the youngest the attention. Stuck in the middle, he had to be funny to get attention.

After graduating from high school the skinny young man played linebacker for two seasons at Kent State before suffering a career ending injury and adjusting his sights to coaching. Lou Holtz tends to describe himself in unflattering terms. He once said, “I’m five feet ten inches tall, weigh 152 pounds, speak with a lisp, and appear to be afflicted with a combination of beriberi and scurvy. I wasn’t a great athlete. I’m not very impressive, I’m not very smart, and I’m not very intelligent.”

That’s okay, Lou. The record books say you’re still one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, with a gift for turning losing teams into winners.

Lou Holtz is the only coach to lead four different programs to top-20 finishes and six different programs to bowl games. He had eight top ten finishes and one undefeated national championship with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Today he works as a college football analyst and enjoys traveling as a world-renown speaker, popular for the motivational techniques and trademark humor he dispenses in equal doses.

In today’s southern quote we hear the wit of the coaching legend who has twice been named the best motivational speaker in the country. Lou Holtz once said, “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz

Harold Reid in the Southern Quote

Harold was born August 21, 1939 in Augusta County, Virginia. As a young man he sang with three friends in a church trio. Five years later, his young brother Bob came on board and the quartet began performing gospel music under the name the Kingsmen.

The group’s first big break came when they opened a concert for a popular entertainer and earned his admiration in the process. The man in black invited them to join his tour. Taking themselves a new name, chosen from a box of hotel tissues, The Statler Brothers hit the road and spent the next eight years traveling with Johnny Cash.

Harold was known as the group’s resident clown, but he also used his strong organizational skills to write much of the humor they used on stage, to supervise their album covers, and to coordinate their bookings. The Statler Brothers officially retired in 2002. They played their last concert in Salem, VA, not far from where they got their start. In the intervening years they had earned the distinction of being one of the most successful vocal harmony groups in the history of country music with countless hits including, “Bed of Roses,” “Pictures” and “Do You Remember These”.

They were known for performing classic, down home country music that celebrated faith and family. In today’s Southern Quote we hear strains of the appreciation they shared for the values we so badly need restored.

Harold Reid, former bass singer of the Statler Brothers once said, “The great white hats are gone. We’ve got action movies. We have adventure movies. You can upset 28 cars. You can set a whole town on fire. But you don’t have the heroes. You don’t have the guy in the white hat that steps on that horse with the silver saddle. And you look at him and say, “Man, I want to be like that.” We don’t have that anymore.”