My email and voicemail here at the newspaper always fill up after the annual Texas Tavern birthday column, and 2013 was no exception.
The Feb. 10 tall tale was about how the nation of Chile and the venerable diner on Church Avenue almost started a world war over the menu item “chile.” It left many readers laughing and a few flummoxed.
At least who shall remain nameless were perplexed by the disclaimer near the column’s end indicating most of it was fiction. They called and left messages wanting to know which parts were fact, which were fancy.
Most didn’t take it quite so literally.
“You have won the ‘Lie of the Year’ Award and it’s only February!” penned Marian Horne of Roanoke. “All other contestants need to acknowledge your superior talent and give up. Sunday morning’s story was as good as O. Henry could write.”
Frank Saunders of Roanoke County chimed in with a bit of sarcasm-laced fiction of his own:
“The article today on the TT was amazing investigative reporting in the tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, he wrote. “Your obvious journalistic restraint in not earlier publishing the story as it unfolded that could have led to an unfortunate diplomatic incident is admirable.”
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.