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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014 11 Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1"980's he began writing a column entitled "As I Remem- ben" With his permis- sion, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald Allen from time to time. Hook, who is 93, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on April 19, 1991. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lorc/sburg There is a word used by our younger generation to express almost everything out of the or- dinary. Gratefully it's not an expletive or the, airwaves would be shocked with it. The word is...well, let's just face it, it is awe- some. Some time back I overheard two grand kids talking about something or other and, as you might have guessed, it turned out to be awesome. A dance at one of our schools ended up in the same category, as did a football game, a date, a boyfriend, a girlfriend and " somebody's trip to Disneyland. Seven year old James decided the family ducks, float- "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill "Heritage Holiday" with Dolan Ellis ing on water, as awesome. In the same breath he also told of the flood that came down by the back 'of their house. Of course, it was awesome too, but I hesitate to men- tion the word again. I suppose we can as- sume that the modern miracles of television, VCR;s, tape recordings, etc. make it relatively Hook Hilleasy for a word to catch on today. If a pop or rock star uses one word even a few times to highlight something or other, a million kids will hear it and use it the next day. Of course, as always, there is much ingenu- ity among the young and many undoubtedly coin their own ter- minology. At any rate, all this use of a word put me to wondering just what it is that turns on a particu- lar term anti whether or not there were any such happenings dur- ing my younger days. Back in my hey-day there Was not the nation spread use of a word as there is today, but on a given local scene it was much the same. I remember being aston- ished at the use of a somewhat forbidden term as a group of us sat on the front steps of the old high school building one day during noon hour. We were dis- cussing some difficulty or other DEC. and one of the group came up with a bright solution to the prob- lem, whereupon Dave Warren ex- claimed, "Now, that's a pregnant idea". As I mentioned, it was a bit shocking at first but it caught on and for the next several months everything was "pregnant" in one way or another It was some weeks after the original incident before I. finally looked up the dictionary definition of the word and found, among others, that it meant "full of importance or significance". I was never sure whether Dave knew that definition existed, but it made little difference at the time. Our kids and their contem- poraries went through the "fan- tastic" stage. It wasn't a mite un- common to hear someone tell a tale or make a remark and have the listener reply, "Fantastic". They also used "spastic" to de- fine anyone or anything that was even a trifle off-centered. I remem- ber one of the kids coming home from some sort of gathering and telling us that so and so who had a prominent part in the event was "spastic". I doubt the man had seizures, but something in his makeup relegated him to the "spastic" role, whatever that was. This all sounds a little bit hairbrained, which turns out to be another word that has made the rounds for many years. However, its usage was much more preva- lent back in my youth. It can con- vey about any meaning you'd like to give it. So what does all this have to do w.ith life? Not really very much, except to point out that we humans are an interesting species and it does offer food for contem- plation. Meanwhile, at school one day, after what I thought was a pretty good demonstration, one of the students said, "Mr. Hill, that was awesome" I felt like a frog inside a loaded fly trap...until I looked up the definition of the word. Webster says it means: in- spiring terror; appalling; weird. That punctured my balloon , but at the same time it offered a little relief to a tortured soul. No won- der they refer to some of the mod- ern singing stars and find their music as "awesome". Hook hook june @ hotmail, com Jennifer Lind at th Dec. Courtesy submission It's always a special treat" when Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Offi- cial State Balladeer, performs at the Arizona Folklore Preserve This holiday season you're in for a treat times two, as joining Dolan Ellis on stage will be Jennifer Lind, an outstanding musician who performs not only as a solo artist but also tours along with Dolan as a mem- ber of The New Christy Minstrels. As Dolan says, "We stand next to each other on stage when performing with the Minstrels. And the first time I heard this woman open her mouth to sing, she absolutely blew me away. Holy -Moly, what an incredible voice!" Dolan con- tinues, "Jenn is not only talented and beautiful, she's also tons of fun. People will quickly recog- nize that when they come to see us per- form together at the AFP. I'm very ex- cited to share the stage with my tal- ented friend, Jenni- fer Lind." Dolan and Jenn will have a unique selection of songs to share in keeping with the holiday season. Among them are sure to be some of Dolan's original songs reflect- ing the Christmas season pre- sented with that speclal Arizona flavor, such as "Cowboy's (Christ- mas) Vision" and "Arizona Christ- mas" ("Cactus and Christmas Trees"). And, of course, you'll hear about "Shrubby," a cedar tree growing in the median of 1-17, north of Phoenix and just south of exit #256. Christmas elves have been decorating this humble tree for the holidays for more than 30 years. "Shrubby" has gained world-wide fame as a symbol of the Christmas spirit flourishing in a most unexpected place. Ellis, an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, has served as Arizona's Official State Balladeer for more than four de- cades. His dream of a place where the songs, stories, and folklore of Arizona and the West can be pre- served and performed has been realized at the Arizona Folklore Preserve.' Come on up to beautiful Ramsey Canyon for an afternoon of great music on December 27 or 28 .... you'll be glad you did. And now for something spe- cial! The AFP has teamed up with Outback Steakhouse for a special treat this year. At each perfor- mance, a guest will receive a gift from Outback. Will you be the lucky winner this time? There's only one way to find out - come to a show! If you go: Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 520-378- 6165, or email reservations@ nd Admission is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 17 and under. To get there: Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP en- trance and sign to the left. Coming soon: Upcoming per- formers at the AFP in- clude the acoustic musical group Sidewinder on Janu- ary 3 and 4 and Tum- ble.weed Rob and the Southwest Junction on January 10 and 11. For more information, including perfor- mance schedules and additional informa- tion on featured art- ists, visit the AFP website, www.arizona, or call 520-378-6165. About' the AriT, ona. Folklore Preserve: Tucked off the beaten path in beauti- ful Ramse3 Canyon, the AFP offers an inti- mate, appealing the- ater seating just 60 guests. The rustic, comfortable perform- ing space also boasts excellent acoustics and a state-of-the art sound system. The AFP book- store stocks CDs by featured art- ists as well as Western-themed books and art, along with hand- made jewelry, pottery, and soaps. Beverages and snacks are avail- able for purchase to enjoy during the performance. Operated in partnership with the University of Arizona Sierra Vista and staffed entirely by vol- unteers, the AFP is a 501(c)3 or- ganization. Iqow in its 16th sea- son, the AFP's mission is "to col- lect, present and preserve the songs, stories, legends, myths, and western poetry of the State of Arizona." 7 i~i~ iii!~iI possl es (ISOR more ale our pFo (jFess