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Rednecks in the Summer

picture of famous woman

Do you recognize the woman in this picture? Some of you may know right away who she is; but for those who don't, here are a few clues. The picture was taken when she served as Grand Marshall in a parade in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in 2007, though her home state is Louisiana. She starred in one of the all-time longest-running TV series from 1962 to 1971, a series that made her one of the most popular television stars of the 1960s. Her name on the show is much better known than her real name. Her love for "critters" is not just a part she played in the series.

I'm sharing this because my wife saw in the paper recently that this woman will turn 76 (!) next month. If you haven't figured out yet who she is, I'll tell you — she's Donna Douglas, a.k.a. Elly May Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies. Here's a picture of her when she starred in the series.

picture of Donna Douglas - Elly May Clampett

Why, oh why, don't they make good, clean shows like The Beverly Hillbillies any more?! I loved that show, and even though some of the humor was a little corny, I LOL'd so many times watching that show ... and reruns!

Recently several people have sent me redneck pictures that came to mind as I thought about The Beverly Hillbillies. Two of them are pictures readers took with their cell phones.

Here's the first of those "cell phone camera moments." The car proclaims the owner to be a redneck, not only because of the letter decals on the back window, but also the repair job on the bumper.

picture of a redneck car

One of the great things about rednecks is their ability to "make do" with what they have, showing great ingenuity. During the summer months, especially here in the South, air conditioning in a vehicle is a blessing that is considered by some the only viable option. Here's a picture of one redneck's way of having much-needed AC in his car.

picture of redneck AC

That picture with the window air conditioner and generator may seem far-fetched, but my son Mark was at a grocery store near his home recently and captured the following picture on his cell phone. Notice the placement of the AC unit and the heavy use of various materials, held together with duct tape and rope.

picture of a redneck van with AC

Who needs to spend big bucks to protect the car when you can have a car alarm system like the one below?

picture of a redneck car alarm

Summer is a great time to cook out. If you can't afford an expensive grill, just improvise. Here are several styles of redneck grills. Speaking of grocery stores....

picture of a redneck grill

I guess this grill wasn't needed as a decorative flower planter in the yard.

picture of a redneck grill

This redneck is planning to grill and serve "possum in the half shell."

picture of a redneck grill

Look carefully at that last picture — it looks as if it may "smoked" armadillo. (What's that in the critter's mouth?)

For those who prefer an open fire, here's a great idea for cooking hotdogs!

picture of a redneck hotdog cooker

Summertime is when lots of baby "critters" make their appearance. Here are two little redneck girls excited about their new "kittens."

picture of redneck kittens

A lot of people can only dream of having a riding lawn mower. Here's one made by a creative redneck.

picture of a redneck lawn mower

If the summer heat makes that one undesirable, here's a riding mower that would be a lot less work.

picture of a redneck riding lawn mower

Summer is the best time to enjoy the races. Guess which driver this redneck fan is pulling for....

picture of a redneck race fan

I'll bet other fans can't wait for cooler weather when that guy might put his shirt back on!

I have plans for sharing more redneck pictures in other thematic ways in future posts. If any of you would like to be my "reporters," keep your cell phone or digital camera handy, snap some pix, and send them my way!

Did you immediately recognize Elly May in that first picture? What are your favorite memories from The Beverly Hillbillies? Any comments on today's redneck pix?


"Don't go for flashy excellence; just be competent." - Dr. Ted Miller, paraphrasing O. B. Hardison

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Some people are wise, and some are otherwise.

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11 Comments on “Rednecks in the Summer”

  1. #1 Janet
    on Aug 27th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I loved the Beverly Hillbillies! I am a child of the Appalachians, and Granny Clampett’s character always reminded me of an over-the-top version of my own grandmother. My granny taught me about many of the “remedies,” weather predictors, and mountain lore that Granny Clampett used on the show! So someone must have done a little research for the script. However, she never fed me oppossum, and I think she knew that billiards was a game, not a big animal that required a special table in the “Bill–ee–yard room.”

  2. #2 Michael
    on Aug 27th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I got a taste of redneck culture this past weekend when I went with my dad and some of his friends to a NASCAR race in Bristol, TN. By the way, the picture of the guy with a “3” shaved onto his back was taken at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Thankfully, we didn’t see anyone who was blessed with so many follicles, but we did see plenty of guys with their shirts off. We couldn’t figure out why so many of them did. It was especially amusing to see guys with their shirts off who were carrying backpacks on their shoulders. We imagined what sort of tan lines they would end up with by the end of the day.

    One of the more memorable parts of the trip was walking to the track and passing a group of people tailgating while listening to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson on their very loud stereo system. That seemed incongruous to me. Another memory was after the race was over, many of the fans were displeased about the winner of the race. He doesn’t have a lot of fans in NASCAR nation because he has a reputation for wrecking people in order to win. He won this race fair and square, but the people still booed him exuberantly. While he was driving to victory lane, several people threw cans of beer at his car as a sign of displeasure. Unfortunately, none of the beer actually made it onto the track. Thankfully, our seats were not near the track, if you get what I mean.

    One last thing. We saw a concessions stand outside the track that advertised several traditional high fat foods. However, there was one I hadn’t noticed before. It was “deep fried Oreos”. Sounded really good, but deadly. We didn’t try any.

  3. #3 Brian
    on Aug 27th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I enjoy a good redneck joke every once in a while.

    Where did you find that quote from Dr. Miller?

  4. #4 Robin
    on Aug 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    ELLY MAY???? That was ELLY MAY??????? I feel ancient!!!!

  5. #5 Katy
    on Aug 28th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Ever watch Get Smart? I love that show! Talk about corny jokes …Get Smart is full of them. LOL

  6. #6 Marilyn
    on Aug 28th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    My one grandma was a redneck, too. She taught us to eat worm sandwiches (squeeze peanut butter between two soda crackers). One year at Thanksgiving she had me hoodwinked into thinking we were having owl instead of turkey for our ‘big bird’ meal.

  7. #7 Janel
    on Aug 28th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Hooray! I recognized Elly May right away!

    And what happened to “no shoes, no shirt, no service”…guess it doesn’t apply at the races.

    I’ve been in the South for 22 yrs (a transplant from CA) and there are days I still shake my head at the things I see.

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Aug 29th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Oh, thank you for that! The redneck car repairman is alive and well in Alaska! Oh me. We see plenty of tail lights repaired with red tape held on with duct tape. And I love the 4 wheeler lawn mower.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Aug 30th, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Whoa! I need to jump in with some comments. This past week was busy with preparations for the new semester.

    @Janet Over the top is a good way to describe Granny, but then the exaggerated nature of all the characters was added to the humor. I’ll bet you have some fun memories of your grandmother.

    @Michael You day at the NASCAR race sounds like a lot of laughs, and you described it well. Somehow I see you as more of an occasional spectator than a regular participant in that scene. It would be a fun experience, no doubt.

    @Brian The quotation from Dr. Miller was from his talk at the teacher In-Service meetings week before last. We all laughed at it.

    @Robin Yes, it is true. She’s my mom’s age! (Mom sure didn’t look like that when I was in junior high and high school, enjoying that show!)

    @Katy Yes, Get Smart was another one of those clean, hilarious shows. I enjoyed it thoroughly. What’s fun in retrospect is that some of what was their “hi-tech” spy stuff (phone in his shoe, etc.) in that show would now be so primitive.

    @Marilyn Your one grandma sounds like she would have been a neat grandma to grow up with.

    @Janel Good for you on recognizing Elly May right away. It was a shocker to see her as an old woman since I don’t remember seeing her at all in the past almost 40 years. As far as the “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy, I guess that’s more in restaurants than at a NASCAR race. 🙂

    @Carrie You are most welcome. I have seen tail light repairs like the one you described, but it’s been a while. Thanks for the mental image you conjured up for me!

  10. #10 Brian
    on Aug 31st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    It took me the whole first paragraph but I did figure out it was Elly may before I read it. And I didn’t see the show that much. Speaking of hillbillies, I’m currently reading a book about the famous Hatfield – McCoy feud. It was written in 1949 and the author was able to talk to people who remembered it. There was a little animosity after the Civil War, they were on opposite sides for the most part, but the two families were still friendly. What seemed to really start it all was a dispute over a pig.

  11. #11 Rob
    on Sep 2nd, 2009 at 7:17 am

    @Brian You did well in identifying her — you must have seen some reruns. Thanks for the info on the Hatfield – McCoy feud from your reading. Sounds interesting.