Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Journal 3 by Ben
Compared to other required readings, getting to hear about all the visionaries, eccentrics, and dreamers is actually interesting and engaging to read. One of the strengths of the book is that it carries a variety of profiles on just interesting people who have lived all kinds of lives and have all kinds of perspectives on life. A weakness about the book would be that they could not include everything in their interviews because of how long that would have made the book but that some of the people are interesting and we would like to hear more about them.
For this journal I chose Harold Cotton because of the way he holds on to really old hats just in case that their owners do come back for them someday and he doesn't have them anymore. Another really cool part about him is that when the civil rights movement came about he did not make a big deal about integration, people came in and they got their shoes shined, no matter who they were. Harold Cotton was a man of integrity and dignity in a time when not everyone was like that. What I was wondering was what happened to him and the store all these years later? Did it turn out like all too many downtown small businesses forced to close because no one gets their shoes shined much anymore? Or is it still open even today all these years later? According to this article I found, Bob's Hatters in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina was still in business at the time the article was written. The business had been passed down from father to son and then to grandson.