Jim Jackson & Gloria Underwood

Discuss memoirs, writing and collaboration.

Thursday * October 14th *
6:00 pm @ PCPL Columbus

Jim Jackson and Gloria Underwood grew up about fifteen miles apart, he in Tryon, North Carolina, she in Campobello, South Carolina. They attended grammar school in their respective communities. They went to rival colleges in South Carolina; he attended the Citadel for two years; she graduated from Furman University.

They never met. Jim was selling for Cloth of Gold, his family business, attending Oberlin Seminary, and hitch hiking across America. Gloria was teaching high school French and English, getting a PhD at the University of South Carolina, and grading papers. It also must be noted that they were divided in age by several decades.

However, their paths finally crossed in August 2008 when Gloria gave a presentation about her business as a Personal Historian. As one who had begun working on his memoirs twenty years earlier, Jim was interested in the topic. At the encouragement of Tracey Daniels, Jim approached Gloria about working with him to put his memoirs into a book.

This was about two weeks before Election Day 2008, and Jim was trying to get both Barack Obama and Ray Gasperson elected. After varied other disruptions, several formal interviews, and many cups of coffee at the Trade Street Galley Coffeehouse, the two formalized Jim’s memories. The result is My Life in the Briar Patch, The Memories of James Chapman Jackson.

Join us on, Thursday night, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Polk County Library’s community room (Columbus) as Jim Jackson and Gloria Underwood talk about their experiences and the process of working together to create this book. Jim will also spend some time sharing some of his life stories.

This event is open to the public and all are invited.

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