Our good friend and
biographer, the late Mr. Bob Terrell, had a way of doing a lot of nice things for Southern Gospel
Music, and especially for The Inspirations. Having authored 57 books on topics ranging
from sport: All Aboard: The Story of Charlie 'Choo Choo' Justice; to SGM (The
Music Men) and even collections of homespun comedy, Bob had a way of telling a story
that compels us to stay up into the wee hours reading.
© Our State: North Carolina
July, 2002 Volume 70, Number 2
The magazine is 160 pages plus covers.
Publisher: Bernard Mann
Published by: Mann Media,
P O Box 4552, Greensboro, NC 27404
The Inspirations story
is on pp. 94-96 & p. 104
Imagine our surprise when we opened the July, 2002, issue of OUR STATE magazine and found a wonderfully written and
illustrated article about The Inspirations Bob had written.
OUR STATE is one of the most beautifully laid out,
photographed and interesting state magazines in America, if not THE BEST; and there we
were in a feature article, along with articles on Shirley Caesar, Ronnie Milsap, Bill
Monroe, Doc Watson, The Red Clay Ramblers, James Taylor -well, you get the point- !
North Carolina has been the birthplace and home of many great singers and musicians, and
the editors and publishers somehow saw fit to include us. All we can say is we are deeply
honored, and we thank them for taking notice of Southern Gospel Music, especially since we
believe there is no finer music this side of heaven.
There is also an article about the many efforts of the Hoppers, the Dixie Melody Boys and others who are in the planning stages of our own North Carolina SGM Hall of Fame.
A couple of days later, we
received another surprise. A young magazine, SMOKY
MOUNTAIN LIVING, arrived in the mail, and there we were again, featured in an article
about the Singing
in the Smokies and our beginnings.
The article is titled "A Joyful Noise: A Short History of the "Singing in the
Smokies" and the Famed Inspirations Quartet".
Since first discovering SMOKY MOUNTAIN LIVING about a year ago, I have become a collector because of the well
written stories unique to our area which are featured each month. The magazine teaches me
something new about our beautiful Smokies every month.
example, this issue includes articles about how the railroad came to North Carolina,
mountain whitewater, and 'Unto These Hills', the outdoor drama presented each summer in
nearby Cherokee, NC, as well as many other interesting subjects.
Inspirations' article covers pp. 68-70, and includes some terrific aerial photos of
Inspiration Park, as well as one of the earliest photos of the original group singing in
© North American Communications Group,
Volume 2, Number 3/Summer 2002
The magazine is 96 pages plus covers
North American Communications Group, Inc.
Publisher, Wade Reece
P O Box 78
Waynesville, NC 28786
Toll Free (866) 452-2251
If you likebeautiful
photography, all things
southern, or just great articles about interesting people and
places, either or both of these magazines are worth your time and money!
you just would just like to thank them for featuring Southern Gospel Music, we encourage
you to write to them and subscribe. The Inspirations have no stake in either magazine,
other than the sheer enjoyment we get from reading the wonderful articles and seeing the
great photography they each contain.
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