Friday, April 13, 2018

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Alien in the Delta

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Alien in the Delta by Thankful Strother is a memoir of notable events and observations from the author's life. It is a short, yet entertaining book which gives readers a glimpse into a particular period of American history.

Strother shares a series of memorable events throughout his lifetime. Some of them feature well-known events, such as his reaction to JFK's assassination, while others are personal memories. The stories run the gamut from early home life to first kiss, from a stint in the US Air Force to the purchase of income property. The combination of facts and the author's thoughts and feelings, make for interesting reading. Several personal photos are scattered throughout the book.

Written more as personal memoir than conventional autobiography, Strother, shares with the reader both a personal narrative of facts and feelings in a concise and credible 200-page work.

Strother's time line comes against the familiar backdrop of recent American post-World War II history, including the segregation, prejudice and inequality that was synonymous with the times and growing up in the Arkansas Delta.

To his credit, Strother doesn't solely focus on the hardness of the times he grew up in. He shares in equal parts his feelings of amusement, happiness and sense of humor. He rises above stereotypical thinking, reflective, but never bitter about adversity he faced.

Strother's narrative brings the contrast of the rural South to experiences he had later in life, such as living in Germany in the 1960s and later being in the corporate world, where he worked for such tech giants as NCR Corporation and AT&T.


While Strother says he is not a speaker or advocate, his impressive resume later in his life -- and his success story -- lends itself to being equal parts inspirational and theatrical as his story is one of coming up from relative poverty to have a successful military and corporate career. "I am really not advocating for anyone; I just wanted to tell these stories of things I experienced, and I feel that in itself is a wonderful accomplishment. There were excitement, humor and history with those times," he said.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Grandfather shot the man as he opened the gate to the front yard. The man died on the spot. After killing the man, my grandfather went into hiding for seven years.

This event was the legacy left to my father by his father. Would what happened thirty years before my birth have an impact on my life? 

The Child - Alien in the Delta is about the author's life as a poor black boy growing up in the Delta. The stories run the gamut from early home life to discovering girls, kissing, sex, and music, learning to dance, experiencing everything for the very first time. It is a short, yet entertaining book which gives readers a glimpse into a particular moment in the growth and development of an adolescent.

Alien in the Delta Series by Thankful Strother are memoirs of notable events and observations from the author's life. They are short, yet entertaining books which give readers a glimpse into a particular period of American history.

The Soldier - Alien the Delta is the second book in the series. The Adult - Alien in the Delta is third and the last book. The short stories are humorous and compelling about a stint in the US Air Force, an interracial international marriage, real estate investing and becoming a successful corporate executive with NCR and AT&T Corporation.

Strother's timeline comes against the familiar backdrop of recent American post-World War II history, including the segregation, prejudice, and inequality that was synonymous with the times and growing up in the Arkansas Delta.

To his credit, Strother doesn't solely focus on the hardness of the times he grew up in. He shares in equal parts his feelings of amusement, happiness, and sense of humor. He rises above stereotypical thinking, reflective, but never bitter about the adversity he faced.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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I love my country, But I discovered at an early age that my country did not like me. I had to leave The USA and live in Germany to find equality.

With basic training done, six young men from Detroit headed back home on the train. Someplace in Texas, the train stopped so that we could stretch our legs and get a snack. The six of us got off the train and went to the restaurant to get something to eat. We were all dressed in our pristine, new blue uniforms, proudly representing the United States Air Force. I walked into the restaurant with all my buddies, and before we could sit down, the waiter looked at the other black serviceman and me. He said. “We can’t serve you in here. You have to go out back to order and pick up your food.” Born and raised in the South, I had experienced discrimination before, but this time it hurt me deeply because I was dressed in my US Air Force uniform and was prepared to die for our country, and yet my fellow countryman still wouldn’t serve us. Segregation was the law in the southern United States in 1962. No one should ever have to experience that kind of treatment! We just got back on the train without eating and sat in silence. We began basic training as six buddies from Detroit and returned as four white and two black airmen.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

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I love my country, But I discovered at an early age that my country did not like me. I had to leave The USA and live in Germany to find equality.

With basic training done, six young men from Detroit headed back home on the train. Someplace in Texas, the train stopped so that we could stretch our legs and get a snack. The six of us got off the train and went to the restaurant to get something to eat. We were all dressed in our pristine, new blue uniforms, proudly representing the United States Air Force. I walked into the restaurant with all my buddies, and before we could sit down, the waiter looked at the other black serviceman and me. He said. “We can’t serve you in here. You have to go out back to order and pick up your food.” Born and raised in the South, I had experienced discrimination before, but this time it hurt me deeply because I was dressed in my US Air Force uniform and was prepared to die for our country, and yet my fellow countryman still wouldn’t serve us. Segregation was the law in the southern United States in 1962. No one should ever have to experience that kind of treatment! We just got back on the train without eating and sat in silence. We began basic training as six buddies from Detroit and returned as four white and two black airmen.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Alien in the Delta is a rich life story of a African American in the 1960's south. Thankful's small steady triumphs are a life lesson for anyone. His willingness to learn and cross racial barriers is another example of the unspoken threat to the south's status quo in the 1960's. I have read extensively about the plight of the African American's in the south of the USA. The theme of this book is very similar to the themes we see in books like The Help, Cane River and The March. An added bonus is that Thankful made his way in the US military to Germany where he had the chance to live a life that was very different than the south in the 1960's. It seems this is one of the defining moments of Thankful's life as he is able to escape the prejudice of the deep south which will help him push for a better life when he returns to the USA and defy marriage laws of the south. I think that Thankful could write his next book in either direction in time. He could write about his parents or children's lives or the next chapters in his own life.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Grandfather shot the man as he opened the gate to the front yard. The man died on the spot. After killing the man, my grandfather went into hiding for seven years. This event was the legacy left to my father by his father. Would what happened thirty years before my birth have an impact on my life?

Alien in the Delta takes you on a journey that highlights the life experiences of a boy from the age of six through manhood. He grew up on the Mississippi River in the Arkansas Delta, but felt out-of-place in that environment. In his home town prejudice and inequality were practice openly. His escape from the Delta was not realized until he went abroad. He takes you on his adventures in the rural south and throughout Europe. He shares with you a variety of emotions including fear, sadness, happiness, and amusement. Alien in the Delta is a memoir about overcoming adversity.
                                            
An experience that stands out in my mind happened in a German restaurant. We were young men from the United States, living in Europe without a lot of exposure. Our knowledge of culture limited because we had not seen or done many things before coming to Germany.

Bobby and I went to a German restaurant to eat dinner. We had gone there once before, and this time we brought our friend, Shorty with us. The hostess seated us and gave us the menus. While Shorty looked over the menu, Bobby and I had already decided what we wanted to order, so we placed our menus on the table. Noticing this, Shorty said that he would have whatever we were ordering.

This restaurant was very upscale. Each table had a white tablecloth on it with a beautiful flower arrangement in the center. The settings consisted of plates, silverware, glasses, and white cloth napkins. When the waitress came to take our order, we all ordered the chicken dinner, just as before when Bobby and I had eaten there. Each dinner included a large piece of chicken, baked potato, salad, bread roll, and dessert. Except for the dessert, all the dinner items were serve to us at the same time. When we finished eating our dinner, our plates were removed.

The waitress returned to our table carrying several small plates and bowls half filled with water with a lemon slice floating on top. She placed the small plates in front of us and set a bowl on each small plate. I asked Bobby if he wanted my lemon soup. He had enjoyed it so much the last time we were at the restaurant.

Shorty began to laugh and said, "Let me get this straight. Are you telling me that Bobby ate the contents of that bowl the last time you were here?" I told Shorty that not only did he eat his soup, he also ate my serving. I described how Bobby took his bread and tore it into little pieces and placed them in the soup and used a spoon to finish eating his soup.

At that point Shorty had started to convulse from laughing. We laughed along with Shorty, not knowing why he was laughing. When Shorty regained his composure, he told us that we were really ignorant country people. He explained that the bowls were call finger bowls because they were use to dip your fingers into after eating chicken to remove the grease. Then the bowls would be removed, and our waitress would bring us dessert and place it on the small plates.

Well, we did not know anything about finger bowls in Arkansas and Mississippi, where Bobby and I came from. We continued laughing after finding out that Bobby had eaten finger bowl water, thinking it was soup. That was the last time we ate there. We were too embarrassed to return to that restaurant again.