One of the many things I love about my babies (who are now 14 and 17 years old!) is that they are native Kansans. I would have loved to have been born in Kansas. They're very lucky. I am originally from the small town of Archer, Florida (population approximately 1,500). It's right near Gainesville and the University of Florida. My saving grace is.. I am so proud to be a Florida Gator, and to have our basketball team turn the national title over to the mighty Jayhawks. But Archer is in the national spotlight this week.
Ask my mom or any of my brothers and sisters (who still live right around there..) and they'll tell you the most famous person who lived in Archer was Bo Diddley. The revolutionary and evolutionary rock n' roll blues guitarist spent the last 30 years of life in Archer. I can't blame him. It's a great town to grow up in. I never met Bo Diddley. I moved away to the Midwest 21 years ago, but was always proud that Bo lived with us in our little hometown. I double checked all the news reports, and yep, sure enough.. the Associated Press and all the networks reported on their web pages that Bo Diddley died at home in Archer on Monday.
Mom says it's in the paper that Bo will be remembered in a city-wide memorial service at the Martin Luther King Center Saturday afternoon. His burial will be private. RIP Bo Diddley, and thanks for coming to live with us in Archer, Florida. It's almost heaven. RH