Gene Owens Greasepit Grammar

Greasepit Grammar is based on reader inquiries. It's designed to make grammar fun. The setting is a redneck filling station called Wade's Dixieco in the Southern town of Swampscum. The characters are stereotypes of Southern smalltown folk: Miss Prunella Pincenez, Bubba's eighth-grade English teacher; Floyd and Homer, two of Bubba's fishing buddies; Uncle Hadacol, Bubba's uncle and hunting companion; Luther Huckabuck, the town lush; his wife, Hortense, who wields a deadly iron skillet; and many others.

His columns have been consistent favorites in reader polls by the Mobile Press-Register. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., referred to him in the Congressional Record as "a genuine Alabama treasure who has freely shared both his wisdom and humor with all of us..."

Owens began his newspaper career at the age of 17 with the Athens Banner-Herald and went from there to the Augusta Chronicle and Herald, where he became state editor at the age of 23. He covered both sides of the Savannah River for the Augusta papers, writing a column called "Dateline CSRA" about events and characters.

He has since been associate editor of the Ledger-Star in Norfolk, senior associate editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, and editorial-page editor of the Roanoke Times & World-News. While in Roanoke, he edited the National Conference of Editorial Writers' quarterly, The Masthead, and served as secretary of the organization. Owens finished out his career as assistant managing editor, political editor and metro columnist for the Press-Register.

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