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Billy Brewer: A tribute to My Friend, by Steve Patterson

May 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

When Billy Brewer was fired as Ole Miss football coach in 1994, he needed only a few months of continued state service to collect his retirement. I was serving as State Auditor, so I called my old friend and said, “Coach, don’t worry. You can come to work for me and get the time you need.” There was a long pause [Continue Reading]

“Situation hopeless, but not impossible!”

February 13, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Steve Patterson   Dear Mr. President,   Steve Patterson, December 2015 I am a man of straightforward candor, so let me go ahead and clear the deck. I don’t like you. I have voiced my dislike for your bravado and otherwise distinctive “style,” both in writing and to any and all who sought [Continue Reading]

INVECTIVE: an opinion by Steve Patterson

October 17, 2016 // 7 Comments

“Invective: Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language.” Oxford Dictionary   “He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he is learning, for that is what he will know.” Annie Dillard   Is it possible to gain the Presidency of the United States through the [Continue Reading]

Steve Patterson: Bucket List? – Cuba!

June 17, 2016 // 4 Comments

“Until 1953, there was no Italian food in Havana. All we ate was Spanish food. Then Santo Trafficante opened three Italian places in Cuba so he would have different places to eat. I met him three or four times. I was about 17 or 18 years old when I would see him. He was a very nice and polite guy to me each time [Continue Reading]

The Mint Julep

April 20, 2016 // 3 Comments

“When the mint is in the liquor and its fragrance on the glass, it breathes a recollection that can never, never pass.” – Clarence Ousley (1863-1948) The hypnotizing melody of frogs croaking, crickets chirping and a pair of whippoorwills crying in distant harmony signals the beginning of a new season. The [Continue Reading]

Steve Patterson: A Tale of Two Senators

March 17, 2016 // 5 Comments

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson  “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves – self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. [Continue Reading]

In Praise of Bird Dogs, Field Trials, & Gentlemen

January 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

Editor’s Note:  When arriving at Patterson Pointe Lodge, Steve Patterson’s home a couple of hundred yards up the hill from Sardis Lake in Panola County, you know immediately that the man loves bird dogs.  Two bird dog statues stand watch over the drive leading to the breezeway between the main house [Continue Reading]

The Unlikeliest Christmas

December 3, 2015 // 9 Comments

Editor’s Note:  Great energy and a good education; success both in business and public service; family and countless friends; financial security; deep Christian faith– Steve Patterson had an abundant measure of the good life. Then an unpleasant and unexpected turn of events, during which he had the most [Continue Reading]
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