Jack Remembers

by Jack Hackley

People are crazy when it comes to Christmas shopping. They get into fights over cheap Chinese products at Wal-mart every Black Friday. Everyone could simplify their Christmas shopping by going to the office of the newspaper they are reading right now, and give a subscription to children, grandchildren, or friend who has moved out of the community. This year I am adding a grandson who graduated from Oak Grove High School and is now living in San Antonio, where his wife is stationed at Lackland A.F.B. They will remember you every week when they receive the local paper.
A film had been released about Howard Hughes, and since Oak Grove had a connection to Hughes through a former resident by the name of Jack Stubbs who was in charge of maintenance of Hughes’ H4 Hercules “Spruce Goose” airplane, which was on display at Long Beach. I decided to interview Stubbs because he knew Hughes personally. When I got Stubbs on the phone, I introduced myself by saying, “This is Jack Hackley from Oak Grove, and I write a column in the local paper called….” And Stubbs interrupted me by saying “I read it every week.” I replied, “Do you take the Focus on Oak Grove?” He said, “No, but my niece in Independence does. She reads it, sends it to my sister in San Diego, who sends it to me.” I immediately went to the Focus office and sent him his own subscription. I renewed the subscription several times when I got a call from his wife. Her husband Jack had passed away. The Focus subscription had six months left on it, and she wanted to know if I might want to send it to someone else. And then she said, and I quote word for word, “When my husband, Jack, would receive a Focus in the mail, he would say, this is like getting a Christmas present from Hackley every week.”

Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove MO 64075 or jackremembers@aol.com.