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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Old landmark's modern following

Jane Priddy Charleville, seen with her mother, Patricia Priddy, is the third generation of her family to run the 123-year-old general store in Stokes. Lots of film fans link the store with its brief but important role in "Cabin Fever," a cult horror film from 2002.

DANBURY (By Lisa O'donnell, Winston-Salem Journal) - At Priddy's General Store, a pale yellow clapboard building trimmed with wooden benches, hand-painted signs, pumpkins and mums, you can find fried pies, orange Nehi and double-dipped chocolate peanuts.

But poison lemonade, a flesh-eating virus or a half-baked, bushy-bearded proprietor? Nothing of the sinister sort exists at Priddy's, a Stokes County landmark that exudes so much early American charm you almost expect Pa Kettle to pull up in a horse and buggy.

Ironically, lots of film fans link Priddy's with its brief but important role in "Cabin Fever," a cult horror film that has grossed more than $30 million worldwide since it was released in 2002.


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