With all the good-natured, weed-inspired fear and loathing, I kept expecting to see the late Hunter S. Thompson make an appearance. A good yarn, well-told.”
—Terry Smith, Editor in Chief, Athens News
Smack dab in the middle of the 70s and Appalachia, Ted rented a 30 acre farm and inherited a menagerie of animals. Strange given the fact that he grew up in suburban Oklahoma City in the days of “Father Knows Best”, never visited his Uncle’s farm without having his allergies kick up, and didn’t know jack about doing anything demanded of farm life. Another thing, the farm was surrounded by “Varmits.” These ne’er-do-wells lived in the hills and hollers of Meigs County, Ohio and became infamous in their own minds for softball playing, cock fighting, dope growing, Grateful Dead listening, free loving, and beer drinking. Ted became “Scoop” to the Varmits through his skills as a first baseman, all the while pursuing a Ph.D. in interpersonal communication at Ohio University back in Athens. This introspective book is Ted’s lively account of the adventures of his dual life, attending a cock fight high on mushrooms and giving a graduation address to thousands, skinny-dipping at Varmit State Park and completing doctoral comprehensives, running with outlaws while preparing to become successful in his chosen profession, growing a garden and trying to grow up himself. It was a wild ride, and what he learned about himself being a Varmit has lasted a lifetime.