2 Degrees of Separation: Tennesse Ernie Ford

2010 October 15

Learn more about Tennessee Ernie Ford at ErnieFord.com!A SOPHOMORE

As I explained in the last post about the origins of our name, Pea Pickin’ Hearts pays homage to a fairly nice euphemism made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Bless their little pea pickin’ hearts.” 

As promised, I have another little tidbit to tell you about the Pea Pickin’ Hearts’ continuing connection to the wonderful Tennessee Ernie Ford.

My mother graduated from Ketron High School in Kingsport, Tennessee as Mary Ann Pierson, a proud member of the Class of 1960.  

“From 1956 to 1965, Ford’s top-rated television series’ for both NBC and ABC brought not only his voice, but Ernie himself in to the living rooms of homes across the country every week.

Mary Ann Pierson, Ketron High School Class of 1960“Through his natural, unaffected charm, friendliness and honesty, Ernie became much more than just a host for his own prime-time variety shows…he became a cherished member of millions of American families…families from every corner of the country, from every walk of life.” –from ErnieFord.com

Ernie would soon become a part my family too, in a manner of speaking.  During my mother’s sophomore year of high school (1957-1958), Tennessee Ernie Ford was charged with picking “The Beauties.”  My beautiful, blue-eyed mother was chosen my Ford as sophomore beauty.  By my calculation, that is only two degrees of separation.  Stay tuned for more connections!

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