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Alabama Drama in Red, White and Black

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We lived our little drama

We kissed in a field of white

And stars fell on Alabama last night

As sung by Billie Holiday

Long ago in the Bronx, on a walk to get the morning newspapers at Jack Krasnoff's candy store at Oneida Avenue and 233rd Street, just across from Woodlawn Cemetery, my grandfather told seven-year-old me a riddle.

"Tell me, Jimmy," he said, "what's black and white and red all over?"

I thought. I looked around. I shrugged.

He said the answer.

"But a newspaper isn't red," I argued.

"Sure it is," he said. "That's what you do with it. And that's why spelling is important."

I laughed at his joke.

If he asked me now, I would have answered differently.

I would have said, "Alabama."


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