Before we begin, just a note about last week's signoff music. I played a clip of the late Jim Reeves singing one of his hits. I did not know, until a listener emailed in to inform me, that Gentleman Jim Reeves was hugely popular in South Africa during the early 1960s — more popular than Elvis Presley, according to Wikipedia. He actually recorded several albums in the Afrikaans language, and starred in a South African movie.Well, a listener instructs me that there is indeed a Jim Reeves commemorative statue; but it's in Carthage, Texas, about 20 miles from Gentleman Jim's birthplace in Galloway. There is a picture here.
That was of course the old apartheid South Africa. [Scream.] So just a cautionary note here to the good people of Galloway, Texas, Jim Reeves' birthplace. I don't know if there's a commemorative statue of the singer in your town; but if there is, you'll want to cover that thing with a nice big tarp. The guy was obviously a shameless white supremacist; a statue could be seriously triggering to sensitive souls.
So if the Jim Reeves fans of Galloway were getting a tarp ready, they need to throw it in a pickup truck and head 20 miles northwest to Carthage, before antifa get there with spray paint and sledgehammers.