Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Vignettes from Vermont: "Hooker's Girls"

Ted from Mullen, Nebraska (Joey Kulkin photo)

BENNINGTON -- When you and 494 other folks live 150 miles north of Kansas and 75 miles south of South Dakota, meaning there's a whole lotta minutes and hours to burn, it's probably good to learn how to tell the legend of Hooker's girls.

It's a short story, really, involving Fighting Joe Hooker, a civil war general from Hadley, Massachusetts, who did well enough so that the powers that be back in the day named a county in the middle of nowhere after him -- Hooker County, Nebraska.

Ted the stained glass maker lives in Mullen, Hooker County, Nebraska, population 495.

Want to know about Mullen, Nebraska? Click HERE. Mullen may be a pinhead that no one ever heard about but it boasts John Howell, a safety on the 2003 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Howell's career was short: 56 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.

The website (HERE) explains "Hooker's girls" and hookers as we know them today.

After explaining Hooker's girls, Ted bought this Stodgy Sam mug. He said he'll use it every morning at the same spot he eats breakfast, and when his buddies ask about his disposition first thing in the morning he'll take a slug of coffee and show them Sam's face.

Something like that, anyway.

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