|Work In Progress|
|Original Broadcast Date|
|Real People, 59 minutes|
|Preceded by:||On The Edge|
|Followed by:||El Cholo (In The Beginning)|
"My biological grandfather was a huge bear of a man..."
Redneck Rounder is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1992.
A man talking in a crowded bar. His grandfather killed a man and left town, leaving his grandmother in a one room shack in the hills. His cousin Neil father killed his wife, was sent off to family and treated like a slave. He stole a machine gun, drove west, shot cattle for sport, volunteered to fight in Vietnam. Killing people in hand to hand combat and loving it. The speaker enlists. Bar-room brawls. He goes AWOL, gets discharged. He's arrested in a bar-room fight. He gets a job at a motorcycle shop. He's arrested for trespassing and found with a general's under-age daughter. He's given a suspended sentence and a fine and told to leave the state, but is not allowed to use a phone to find money. His buddy's girlfriend turns tricks to pay for their release. Being poor and hungry. Breaking into a restaurant. His buddy gets arrested in a drug sting, breaks out of prison on a horse. His cousin Neil kills someone in a racial fight at a field party. Vietnam vets return to find the country changed. Neil turns to drugs. Registering dogs for Medicare. Neil accuses the speaker of stealing his towel. Dead family members. Schoolyard passion, being accused of rape. Dating overweight women.
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- Redneck Rounder - excerpt (YouTube)