Report From New Albany

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By John Hubbuch

I just got back from visiting my hometown in New Albany Indiana . New Albany has about 35,000 residents. Louisville. KY is on the opposite side of the Ohio River. My brother and sister and their families still live there.                                           

One night we went to a restaurant where the New Albany Country Club once was. In the 1950's  and 1960's it would have been an imossible destination for me. The county club was really swanky, and onlty doctors and lawyers were members. You would drive by and see all the members dressed up like the cast of Mad Men. A weird combination of dislike and jealousy would come over me.                                                                                   

But eventually rich people started going out to fancy restaurants,  and the winds of egalitarianism swept away the New Albany Country Club. So Tuesday night  my kin and I sat down after coming in from 96 degree heat. The A/C was struggling to keep things cool. The place was half full- not bad I suspect for a Tuesday. They were out of crabcakes, but the fried chicken (2pieces and 2 sides for $8.99) was pretty good and the sweet tea hit the spot. 

As far as I could tell no one ordered a martini. I didn't see any swirly dresses , nor a single dinner jacket. My shirt had a collar, and I was pretty dressed up. Times change.

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Robert "Bobby" Powell from St. Louis  

Posted: November 20th, 2011 10:42 AM

John, I agree, things have changed so much over the years I have decided to write a book about my hometown. Back to your early childhood experience with the Country Club... we, my family, my Dad would not join the Country Club, it wasn't about money, he had the money. He just didn't like some of the members, he always thought most of them were "want-to-be's." His favorite comment was, " I would like to buy them for what they are worth and sell them for what th

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