Columnist: DG Martin

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 02:39 PM

Martin: Race and basketball, a transformative moment in 1944

If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in “The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph,” you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read about that secret game played in 1944 between a team of all-white college all-stars at the Duke medical school and the North Carolina College for Negroes Eagles.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 08:33 AM

Where have all the heroes gone?

“Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?”

David, my 5-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Martin: My trip to Norlina

Come on and go to Norlina with me!


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Bookwatch: Wolfram tells Tar Heel story

Is there something special about the way we talk here in North Carolina? The best person to answer is Walt Wolfram, who has studied the speech patterns in our state since 1992 when he became the first William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English Linguistics at N. C. State.


Mar. 17, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Four good North Carolina books for the spring

If you are looking for an interesting book for springtime reading, I have four suggestions: A cookbook that will be fun to read. A book of stories from one of North Carolina’s rising stars. The story of a ’57 Chevy and its complicated, troubled and fascinating 13th owner who took it to Moyock in Currituck County for restoration. An award-winning story of a mother who writes letters to the son she gave up the day he was born.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

D.G. Martin's Bookwatch: Ron Rash's 'Serena' to debut

It has been more than five years since Ron Rash first talked on North Carolina Bookwatch about his best-selling novel, “Serena.” UNC-TV is re-airing that program to coincide with the release of the movie, finally.


Mar. 09, 2015 @ 09:45 PM

Martin: Who and what do you believe?

Last week two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along Interstate 95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed men appeared, took the gold, tied them up and sped away.


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.