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The Family Business

Posted on | September 13, 2019 | 1 Comment

My podcast partner (and former Kimberlin co-defendant) John Hoge is from an eminent Tennessee family, and some of his cousins are proprietors of Atomic Fireworks, headquartered in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, with retail locations in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Missouri. This company was founded in 1930 by L.W. Loyd, who in 1948 was one of the first U.S. fireworks importers to travel to China, and subsequently made famous the Cherry Bomb and M-80 brand fireworks, both of which are company trademarks.

As regular readers are aware, I am a stone-cold fireworks fanatic. Here’s video of the finale of our family’s July 2019 show:

 

Considering my good friend John Hoge’s family connections to the fireworks industry, it quite naturally occurred to me that he might be able to impose upon his Tennessee kinfolk for a considerable discount, and I particularly had my eye on their Dixie Dynamite canister shell assortment, a case of which contains 96 shells, and I don’t know what the retail price would be, but kinfolk don’t pay retail prices, do they?

At any rate, Mr. Hoge has promised to renew acquaintances with his Tennessee fireworks cousins the next time he travels down home, and the Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:

HIT THE FREAKING TIP JAR!



 

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