"Who is this, Uncle Sal?" Giacomo asked, pointing to a framed picture on the wall.
Uncle Sal smiled and hiked up the pants of his teal leisure suit. "That there is a great man, and a smart man. He founded Cotton University in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He started it for only two people, his sons. You see, back in those days, girls only went to school until they were thirteen. And then it was child-bearing and maintaining a home. Those two students, they had passed high school, or what was considered high school at the time. But the man in that photo, he knew that there was more they could learn. He himself knew more than they did just by studying the world around him. And he thought the best thing he could do for them, aside from teaching them how to work the land, was to teach them the things he had learned on his own. Now, you have to understand, Pascagoula is so rural, there wasn't no university nearby. Prolly woulda taken a week to get to Ole Miss from there. So he sat his sons down in the backyard after chores and taught 'em. Well, soon enough, more kids in Pascagoula wanted to learn from him too. So he taught all that wanted to learn, and we still have Cotton University today. All because this man, my great-great-grandfather, was the professor of two Weevils."
This episode featured:
Johnny Ouelette as Giacomo
Phil E. Buster as Uncle Sal
Jellybean Merengue as the picture frame
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "I am the brute squad."
**Special thanks to loyal reader BB for suggesting the closer to this week's edition of the Uncle Sal Chronicles. Got an idea for Uncle Sal? Send it along. If I use your idea, you'll be recognized just like BB.**
[30 October 2007]