Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"A man of character."

I'm sorry to see anyone leave, but I enjoyed writing John C. "Scooter" Herring's obituary for the paper yesterday. I wish I'd been able to interview him before he died.

His life story is proof that Macon once was awesome, and that the headlines never define the man.

The basics (from the version I wrote, before it was edited):
John C. "Scooter" Herring, who lived much of his life on the outskirts of rock 'n' roll fame and starred in one of the most sensational trials in city history, died over the weekend.

He was 67.

Herring lived a quiet, charitable life the past few years in Macon, and probably died from complications associated with heart disease, his family said.

But he was once a defendant in a federal drug trial that gripped the rock 'n' roll world's attention and featured testimony from rock legend Gregg Allman that, some said, helped break up one of Macon's most famous contributions to music history: The Allman Brothers Band.

2 comments:

Jason said...

Read "Midnight Rider" from former Telegraph writer Scott Freeman....while not the most flattering picture of the band, it goes deep into the 70's trial.

Great article Travis. Your passion for the music comes through in your writing. Keeping helping make Macon better, I hope to be back one day

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