Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rosalynn Carter

OK, normally I show older pictures, but I could not resist this one. It shows First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The man in the picture is country singer Waylon Jennings. I think it is funny that he is puffing a cigarette in the First Ladies' face. The woman holding hands with Rosalynn in Jesse Colter, Waylon's wife.

7 comments:

  1. It's hard to believe that even way back then, some one would be so rude as the blow smoke at the First Lady! Notice, she's turned her face away from him. And Mr. Jennings looks a LOT more than ten years older than his wife.

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  2. Waylon Jennings was my favorite country music signer in the 1970’s. He was on tour in the midwest with Buddy Holly and his band in February,1959. Some were traveling in a converted school bus and three with Buddy in a light aircraft. It was freezing cold. The “Big Bopper” asked Waylon to trade seats with him so the Big Bopper would go by plane, as he was sick.

    The plane went down in a blinding snowstorm in Iowa, killing Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. This was referred to as "the day music (Rock ‘n’ Roll) died."

    Holly kidded Waylon saying he hoped the bus would freeze up (as the prior one had) and Waylon retorted, “I hope your plane crashes.” He was haunted by this for the rest of his life.

    He was the original “outlaw,” insisting on control of his own music.

    His drug and alcohol ways led him to an early death from complications of diabetes.

    He was born and raised in Texas, but this photo shows he was no “southern gentleman.”

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  3. I don't think Mrs Carter was turning her face away from Waylon. Jessie Colter appears to be looking in the same direction at something out of frame. It appears to be a natural moment and probably one of many on the photo reel, just the best one.

    I always thought Mrs Carter was very kind and gracious.

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  4. It looks as though Mrs. Carter is looking at something below her; perhaps Waylon's son Shooter, or some other kid. Smoking in the seventies was not looked down on as it is today. Everyone from Congressmen to anchormen smoked publicly; so I don't believe Waylon was showing any disrespect.

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  5. i wonder what happened to jessie? havent heard much about her since waylons passing, she was quite the looker.
    oldbear

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  6. Mrs. Carter is certainly the quintessential Southern Lady.
    Those days people were more tolerant toward smokers, but that's still a breach of etiquette. One was supposed to extinguish the cig. At least, that's what my grandmother told me. (In her youth cigarettes were called coffin nails.)
    Of course now a days, the anti smokers are actually quite rude to smokers than the other way around. - I don't smoke but if the smoke makes me cough I just move upwind.

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  7. Mrs. Carter is certainly the quintessential Southern Lady.
    Those days people were more tolerant toward smokers, but that's still a breach of etiquette. One was supposed to extinguish the cig. At least, that's what my grandmother told me. (In her youth cigarettes were called coffin nails.)
    Of course now a days, the anti smokers are actually quite rude to smokers than the other way around. - I don't smoke but if the smoke makes me cough I just move upwind.

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