Sit down for a conversation with Gastonia’s Terry Ratchford, and there’s no telling where you might be headed.
From Tar Heel basketball, to the poetry of Ogden Nash, to the best brand of tinned sardines, Ratchford will offer a lively and passionate opinion.
Ratchford, 71, who retired after decades in the financial industry, has given me some excellent story ideas over the years, so when he suggests coming by The Gazette for a chat, I tell him I’m all ears.
What’s on his mind as a cold February rain falls outside is music — music that reminds those of us designated as “boomers” by society of “dances, parties, the beach and romance.”
Yes, Ratchford is a boomer. And yes, I too am a boomer. So when he talks about how the tunes of groups like the Bee Gees, Queen, and Fleetwood Mac are turning up in contemporary television ads, I’m intrigued.
On a yellow legal pad he has jotted down the names of songs, of artists, and of the businesses incorporating those…