Columnist: DG Martin

Feb. 23, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

The ’57 Chevy: two stories about the same car

What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet?

Like The New York Times offering on its store page a “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.”

Before you order, let me tell you about the North Carolina connection to the car. Make that “connections,” as there are more than one.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Martin: A Black History Month valentine

Each February we celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 12:10 AM

Who could succeed Tom Ross as UNC head?

Five years ago, when the University of North Carolina board of governors was searching for a candidate to replace Erskine Bowles, I wrote in this column, “The Board will be looking for the new president who has two critical qualifications:

1. A good feel for North Carolina’s traditions and the state’s needs, and,

2. Successful experience at the highest level of university administration.”


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Mott’s ‘The Wonder of All Things’ requires leap of faith

Jason Mott’s successful first novel, “The Returned” was a big success. Not only was it a bestseller with lots of critical acclaim, but it is the basis of an ABC television series, “Resurrection,” which completed its second 13-week series on January 25.


Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Martin: Four books for Black History Month

What are you doing to commemorate Black History Month?


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM

An adult learning to read? Like learning new language

One of my favorite annual events in our community is the Writers for Readers Book & Author celebration sponsored by Orange Literacy, the organization that brings the gift of reading ability each year to hundreds of the thousands of people in our community who can’t read.


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

Martin: Tom Ross in William Friday’s footsteps 30 years later

“He's got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross' job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC’s board of governors changed.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

D.G. Martin: Milton Julian’s surprising connections

When Milton Julian died the other day at 96 years, we lost another precious personal connection to the village of Chapel Hill as it was in the post-World War II era.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

Leaving proudly, but not with enthusiasm

“Fired with enthusiasm.”

Last week I was reminded of that quote attributed to Clark Kerr, the legendary president of the multi-campus University of California. It is what he said when, shortly after Ronald Reagan’s election as governor in 1966, university regents ousted Kerr. He joked that he left the university the same way he came in, “fired with enthusiasm.”


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Martin: Politics and literature come together

Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics?


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Another reason to celebrate our connection to movies

North Carolina loves its connections to the production of movies and television programs.

But our political decision-makers did not love that connection enough to appropriate sufficient funds or extend tax credits to persuade movie and television producers to site their programs in North Carolina. That decision in the last legislative session will surely be revisited this yea


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Four different looks at North Carolina life

We can’t read them all.

It is what people say to me when I start talking about four important North Carolina related books that UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch will feature in January.

Even so, I say, you should know something about each of them.

 

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:59 PM

Remembering the past, but not chained to it

They just could not bring themselves to shake hands with their former enemies.

A few weeks ago on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we remembered earlier reunions when some American servicemen met the Japanese pilots who had attacked them so many years earlier.


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Holding on to our humanity

“What is our tolerance for brutality?”

A minister asked this question from the pulpit Sunday morning and suggested that his listeners consider recent news stories relating to “enhanced interrogation” procedures by the Central Intelligence Agency.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

D.G. Martin: For whom the Hillsborough bell tolls

For some people in Hillsborough, the bell in the historic St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church rings a little more poignantly these days thanks to a chance meeting between a prominent retired businessman who lives at Governors Club, and an Orange County poet.