Have Pig, Will Travel
Law partners Wayland Cooke ' 71 and
Davis North III ' 70 are such big fans of
the NPR radio show A Prairie Home
Companion, they decided to honor the
show's entire crew with a Carolina
pig-pickin'. Cooke and North, both from
Greensboro,joined two friends on a pil-
grimage to the Corn Palace in Mitchell,
S.D. They packed their friends' "Pig Rig"
with a 91-pound pig from Pikeville, some
Red Oak Brewery am.ber beer, drinks
donated by Piedmont Cheerwine Bottling
Co. and a quarter cord of hickory wood.
Once at the Corn Palace, the four men
parked in front, hooked up to power from
City Hall next door, lit the fire barrel and
May /J une 2006
Davis North III ' 70 and Wayland Cooke ' 71 brought North
Carolina to South Dakota when they shared their love of
barbecue with the crew of A PraIrie Home CompanIon.
put the pig to roast at 7 a.m. At about 9
a.m.,AJice Claggett, the sharp-witted, 78-
year-old mayor of Mitchell, stopped by and
gave the crew special dispensation to serve
the Red Oak on city property. By 7: 30
p.m., when the show broke for dinner after
rehearsal, the barbecue was ready. Garrison
Keillor, the show's host and a
well-known enthusiast of music,
story-telling and home-grown
humor, allegedly devoured two
large plates of food and washed
them down with Cheerwine.
The cast followed suit. The vege-
tarians, actor Fred Newman and
the Ditty Boops (singers Amanda
and Abbey), filled up on green
beans. Deb Beck, Keillor's logis-
tics and road manager, thanked
the boys, explaining that the size
ofthe cast ( 40
strong) makes eat-
ing together hard
to arrange. The
night of Carolina
barbecue proved a
Above left, Cooke and
North with Garrison
Keillor and friends.
At left, on the set of
A PraIrie Home
show host Keillor.
Worth the Wait
Even prolific musical composers might
never write a symphony. Those who have
written one might never see it performed.
Jackson Hill ' 63 of Le wisburg, Pa. ,
earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate
studying music at Carolina. Now a music
professor at Bucknell University, Hill has
written three symphonies, but the second
two had sat on the shelfsince completion
- one in 1990, the other in 1997. In
January, Hill finally heard his music per-
formed when the Kushell Sinfonia pre-
miered the works at the Weis Center for
the Performing Arts in Lewisburg. Symphony
No. 2 and Symphon.y No. 3 rely on tight
musical structures, a different quality from
many of Hill's other compositions, which
are strongly Japanese in flavor. Compositions
by Hill also are being taken on tour by the
London-based ensemble The Kings Singers
during its 2005-06 season.
Her Golden Years
Ann Lowder ' 49 ofNebo was not an
athlete at Carolina and had no athletic
ambitions when she began to volunteer
several days a week at her local YMCA.
Some of her friends in McDowell
County, however, saw hidden talent. "I
was a synchronous swimmer at UNC-G,"
Lowder admitted. "You had to wait until
junior year to transfer into UNC in those
days. But I haven't done anything like
that since then." Last year, Lowder found
herself getting up and going to the pool
at 5: 30 a.m. for three months to train for
the McDowell County Senior Games.
The work-ollt paid off, and Lowder came
home with three gold medals in
swimming and one in racewalking.