Posted 1 year ago
While visiting my son in Springfield, Mo. in 1994, as he was in college, I was privileged to hear Dale Freeman, the very humorous author of this non-book / dictionary, speak, and never laughed so much in my life.
He wrote his first non-book Part I, on Ozarks' dialect in 1961. His second non-book, this one, followed 29 years later.
He was inducted in to the Writers Hall of Fame in 2004 as former Springfield, MO. News-Leader managing editor.
A Navy veteran of WWII, he spent time on both coasts as editing Navy newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area and the administrative assistant to Missouri Congressman Charlie Brown in Washington, D.C. before settling down in the Ozarks in 1960.
In his Ford* (forward) he states: "Despite what some native critics claim, my aim has never been to ridicule or poke fun at the Ozarkers. Heavens! I are one! I'm not laughing at them. I'm smiling with them as we continue our bittersweet struggle to prevent a lovely language and culture from slipping further into the past".
Being a pocket watch collector, I am partial to the -W- section (plate #4 above) to the word:
WAND - You Wand your watch
Thanks for looking,