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Peter Gwin

In most cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.

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Bob Sacha

Best Worst Quirkiest
    I'd always heard about southern hospitality, and it was something I discovered in Hot Coffee in a really wonderful way. People regularly invited me into their homes for dinner. They were kind, warm, and welcoming.

    The romantic notion I've had of the South is real except for one thing: In the spring and summer it can get unbelievably hot. I was sweating like crazy and completely soaked for most of my weeklong assignment.

    I certainly expected to see Southerners, white and black, in Hot Coffee, but seeing Old Order German Baptists with their straw hats and long white beards was pretty quirky. I had always assumed that was a northern thing. I also found out that German Baptist women have to stay covered from their neck to their feet. So, despite the heat, they always wore full-length dresses and socks. That made me feel bad about complaining about the weather.


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