Beloved sportswriter Clyde Bolton talks with Don Noble about his latest book, a memoir "Hadacol Days: A Southern Boyhood" (New South Books). Like the elixir that soothed any number of ailments, Bolton weaves his memories with a warmth that similarly aims to sooth. After pharmacy classes proved unsuccessful, Bolton worked his way from LaGrange, Ga., to Anniston, Gadsden and Montgomery before he began sportswriting in 1961 for The Birmingham News. Bolton also managed to write six novels and a dozen nonfiction books that, not surprisingly, featured sports--such as auto racing, basketball and, of course, Auburn and Alabama football. While this is an interview it is also obvious that this is also a conversation between old friends.
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