The Real Simpsons
These are the chronicles of the real Simpsons (or "Simpson's," when we follow Opal's usage). They lived in Burton, Arizona, near Show Low, Arizona. Opal Simpson wrote a weekly column of the doings at Burton (population: maybe a dozen or so, give or take).
Cast of Characters
Opal Simpson (nee Henderson): the Dick Wick Hall of Burton, Arizona. Where nobody danced, that we know of, because Burton was a Baptist town. Wife of
Louie Simpson: Husband of Opal Simpson and inventor of the 364-day flu, the remaining day being set aside for stepping-on-nails-and-cactus practice, a skill (as documented by Opal Simpson) evidently skipping one Simpson generation, consisting of
The Simpson children: Vera, Eugene, and Wendell, and maybe Denny, but being liberally inherited among the next, which is to say,
The Simpson grandchildren: Cheryell, Marva, Reese, Floyd, Chris, and maybe Mary, Machell (sometimes Michell), and Carlilla -- we're not sure.
Using the Text at Left as an Index
You can use the text at left as an index. Or, you can read it (vertically) as a poem. This is your choice.
Reading the Text at Left (Vertically) as a Poem
You can read the text at left (top to bottom or bottom to top) as a poem. Or, you can use it as an index. As an index, it's not all that good.
is appended at the end of each column. You can therefore ignore the index. Unless you like poetry.
A Note on the Text
Note: The text is difficult to read.
What is Not Clear
There could be messages to be found here, but you might have to work at it, because they may be beneath the surface. In addition, the text is difficult to read.
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Something Else Not Clear
As of this writing (27jun2002), the largest wildfire in Arizona history menaces Burton, Arizona, as well as Show Low and the rest of the White Mountains. Whether the words of Opal Simpson are posted here in celebration or in memoriam is not yet manifest. [Answer: Celebration. Wahoo.]
What is Clear
These columns were published in the White Mountain Eagle (1956-74) in the years 1972 and 1973. They record things that happened to real people in and around the town of Burton, Arizona.
Most of the contents of the world's newspaper archives might justly be labeled "Stuff That Seemed Important At The Time." The future can decide for itself, but Burton News still seems important to me.