Zipping Through Georgia On a Goat-Powered Time Machine with Ludlow Porch and a Parrot Named Pete

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Emory Jones has given us the incredible gift of seeing significant parts of Georgia s rich history through the eyes of her much-loved son, Ludlow Porch. We get to attend these events firsthand through vivid descriptions. Zipping through Georgia...lets you experience history as it happens. You ll witness the capture of Jefferson Davis, The Great Locomotive Chase, the coming of kudzu and much more. In this fun-to-read novel, the late Southern humorist, Ludlow Porch, takes a friend, his pet parrot, and a rutabaga-loving goat for a ride on his new time machine. Aiming for the Georgia coast in 1733, they accidentally turn up in several other historical settings before making it to the Savannah River nearly 300 years ago. This remarkable book lets you laugh out loud and learn at the same time, because the history is as real as the humor. Porch s presence is felt on every page. Who else but Ludlow would know that a time machine is made from two Jon boats and guided by something called a Fleebish-7? Or that Robert E. Lee s horse, Traveller, was originally named Jeff David? Ludlow is in Heaven now, but he and and his step-brother, Lewis Grizzard are still laughing over this one. Everyone who loves Georgia history should read this book. Everyone who loved Ludlow Porch should read it twice.

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About the Author:

North Georgia native Emory Jones spent his career working in advertising and public relations in Atlanta. He and his wife, Judy, moved back to North Georgia and now live in White County where they own a unique store called Yonah Mountain Treasures. His other books include White County 101 and Distant Voices, The Story of The Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound.

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This is most definitely a book worth reading and the audio is even better! Zipping Through Georgia on a Goat Powered Time Machine With Ludlow Porch and a Parrot Named Pete combines history with clean-as-a-Bible-verse humor. This book lets us time travel through history with Ludlow and his pals and witness first hand key events in Georgia history like parts of the Civil War in Georgia and even drops in on the famous Goat Man. Ludlow has stepped up once again to make us laugh and learn at the same time. As he himself said after reviewing the first draft, This ranks right up there with The Grapes of Wrath and some other book I read one time. --Nanson Hanson

I was honored when my cousin, Emory Jones, asked me to review his latest book, Zipping Through Georgia on a Goat Powered Time Machine with Ludlow Porch and a Parrot Named Pete or ZTGOAGPTMWLPAAPNP for short. It was very exciting to read that he and his friend, Ludlow Porch, had apparently discovered the secret of time travel every man s secret dream. We all wonder what it would be like to go back in time and have another chance with that cheerleader or the homecoming queen. However, their time machine seemed to have some controllability quirks which caused it to not always go to the time or location where it was directed. I worried if there was a risk that my cousin could become lost in the past, perhaps even having to painfully relive the bubble gum music era of the 1960 s. If the machine had been an aircraft, it probably would have been grounded until it could be recertified by an aviation review board. But this was a time machine, so perhaps a horological review board would be more appropriate. Although I had never served on a horological review board, I felt that I should at least do some initial evaluation. After all, I did have some experience in resetting clocks when required for Daylight Savings Time a poor man s form of time travel, and I had also flown through several time zones on a Delta Airlines flight a few years ago. Operator error is usually suspected first when there is an incident with any machine, but I ruled that out, knowing that Ludlow Porch was an absolute professional. No one had more experience using a microphone, reading dials or turning knobs than Ludlow. The choice of a goat for the primary power source also seemed absolutely brilliant. Everyone knows that goats are always interested in eating, so he could easily be encouraged to run on the treadmill by lowering his favorite food in front of him. Just consider how much more risky it would have been to have used a mule, which might have refused to move at some critical time, simply because of their stubborn nature. You can just imagine the traffic jam that could be caused by a stubborn mule refusing to move in a worm hole in which there was no room to pass. It could even be worse that being stuck behind the goat man s wagon in a tunnel in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the 1950 s. I was a little concerned with my cousin s qualifications as copilot, but when I realized that his primary job was ballast to balance the weight of the goat, I knew it was a job he could handle. The use of Jon boats clearly were a wise choice, especially if the time machine were to land in a swampy area, and everyone loves the comfort of a big rocking chair. I am somewhat worried about Pete, the parrot! The technical aspects of time travel are difficult to comprehend, but seem to require an integration of the squawk from the parrot with the squeak from the treadmill bearing. My concern is that parrots are known to be very intelligent, and they are also famous for their ability to mimic voices or sounds. I am concerned that the parrot may have learned how to mimic the bearing squeak, and may be causing the erratic performance of the machine by supplying an excess amount of squeaks. Pete may actually be learning to fly the machine, which could cause even more problems on future missions. What if Pete became interested in tracing his genealogy and what would happen if he found that one of his ancestors was a chicken, or even a vulture. He might become so depressed that he could not continue the mission, and the machine could become stuck at the site. Pete could even become intrigued to seek an answer to the time old question of which came first the parrot or the egg, causing the machine to go much further back in time than planned. It's a great book which makes history far more interesting that any of my teacher --Michael Jones

You may want to read this book in private...so that the laughing and chuckles will not disturb others! It is a delightful book and kept me smiling all the way through, but I also learned a lot about Georgia too. And the author skillfully charmed me into wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed it...now I will spread the word. --Nona Stephens

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