Thursday, May 26, 2005

American Profile: 5/6/2001 - 5/12/2001: Ellen Gray Massey

American Profile: 5/6/2001 - 5/12/2001: Ellen Gray Massey: "Mention moonshine or shiftless hillbillies, and Ellen Gray Massey’s smile turns ice cold.

“I want to get rid of Ozark stereotypes,” says the Lebanon, Mo., teacher and writer. “I want to show the hardworking, intelligent people, and beautiful region I know.”

For more than a half century, Massey’s praise of the Ozarks has filled high school, university, and Eldershostel classes, 13 books, 55 magazine articles, 125 dramatic readings, 239 speeches, two television documentaries, and a two-act musical.

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