Morton photos in today’s news

Two of Hugh Morton’s most famous portraits popped up in NC newspapers today. The first is in a News & Observer column by Jim Jenkins, entitled “Walk the line to Grandfather’s top,” about Johnny Cash’s visit to Grandfather in June of 1974 to perform at “Singing on the Mountain.” Jim (with the help of Hugh’s grandson Jack Morton) recounts the events surrounding Morton’s portrait of the Man in Black holding aloft a tattered American flag. (Hugh also tells the story of Cash’s visit on pages 126-129 of Making a Difference in North Carolina). The online version of Jenkins’ column doesn’t include the photo, so here it is (uncropped):

Johnny Cash with American Flag, Grandfather Mountain (Linville, NC), June 1974

The second is a reference in Wilmington’s Star News to Andy Griffith’s 1953 monologue, “What is was, was football,” the popular comedy routine that is generally credited with launching Griffith’s mainstream career. Morton’s photo of Griffith performing the monologue at halftime at UNC’s Kenan Stadium (below) has been widely published, including on page 130 of Hugh Morton’s North Carolina.

(Note: the Star News website doesn’t seem to be loading at the time of this posting).

Andy Griffith performing "What it was, was football" at UNC's Kenan Stadium, early 1950s

110 thoughts on “Morton photos in today’s news

  1. I checked the 1953 UNC vs. Notre Dame game program and The Alumni Review weekly football edition which was published four days after the game, but there is no mention of a performance by Andy Griffith. (The game program was edited by Jake Wade and Orville Campbell. I feel sure if Andy was scheduled, they would have noted it.)

    However, here is an interesting coincidence (or maybe it’s not).

    The 1953 Carolina – Notre Dame game was played on November 14, 1953 in Kenan Stadium.

    Now here is a quote from Terry Collins’ 1995 book, “The Andy Griffith Story.”

    From page 36:

    “(Orville) Campbell, the owner of a small recording company in Chapel Hill had presented Andy with a deal. By letting him record the (football) monologue and releasing it on his Colonial label, Orville would split the profits 50-50. Griffith agreed, and soon after, the independent record company pressed and released 500 copies of the routine on November 14, 1953.”

    Was that what Jake Wade was referring to and he just used the game as a reference point since they fell on the same day?

  2. There are two stories in the November, 2012 issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine that have photo support from Hugh Morton images.

    Sherrell McMillan’s “Premiere Athlete,” about Charles Waddell. (Cropped)

    And Matt Morgan’s “What It Was…”, about Andy Griffith at the UNC-NC State game in 1954. (Cropped)

  3. There are two excellent articles in the current issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine.

    Andrew Jones has an article on “Top Tailbacks” at UNC over the years and Matt Morgan has an article titled, “King of the Fieldhouse,” the Morris Mason story.

    Each story is supported by Hugh Morton images.

  4. The “Archive Photo of the Month” in the December issue of “Tar Heel Monthly,” is Hugh Morton’s photo of Santa dressed in blue.

  5. The current issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine is dedicated to “UNC Basketball’s Greatest Games.”

    Needless to say, there are numerous Hugh Morton photographs to support the issue.

  6. There are Morton photographs in the current issue (February, 2013) of “Inside Carolina” magazine, supporting Matt Morgan’s great piece on the final game played in Carmichael.

  7. The most recent Rams Club recruiting brochure is out celebrating 75 years of supporting Carolina Athletics. There are numerous Hugh Morton photographs inside spanning the years starting in 1938.

  8. The Spring 2013 issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine is out and Matt Morgan’s “Moment in Time” features a look back at Carolina’s 1991 ACC Championship complete with two Hugh Morton images. Also in the magazine is a feature on former UNC Head Coach Bill Guthridge and that story is supported with a Morton picture of Coach Guthridge with Coach Dean Smith from the 1970s.

  9. Former North Carolina Governor and Hugh Morton photo subject James Holshouser has died. In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office, Holshouser’s family said he had been in declining health before he passed away Monday (June 17) at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst.

    North Carolina Miscellany has a post up including Morton-Holshouser images.

  10. Another great Morton “Archive Photo of the Month” in the July, 2013 issue of “Tar Heel Monthly” (Page 17).

  11. The 2013 UNC Football Media Guide is out and contains Morton photographs…just as in years past.

  12. In last Saturday’s game program, there is a 3-page feature celebrating the Rams Club’s 75th anniversary. There are at least three Morton photographs supporting the article.

  13. As part of Saturday’s homecoming celebration in Chapel Hill, Wilson Library will feature as part of the pregame festivities, its fourth annual “Gridiron Glory” presentation in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. There will be a 20-minute repeating loop Tar Heel highlight film featuring games from years past, plus there will be Hugh Morton photographs and memorabilia on display from Virginia – Carolina games dating back to 1905.

  14. There are three Morton images in the December, 2013 issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine, supporting Matt Morgan’s story of the 1949 UNC vs. Notre Dame football game in New York. The story is on pages 60-64.

  15. Hugh Morton’s classic photograph of Charlie Justice running in the 1947 game with Tennessee in Kenan Stadium, is featured on page 44 of Saturday’s (11/23/13) game program. The picture supports Rick Brewer’s great article about Ryan Switzer’s place among great Tar Heel punt returners.

  16. The current issue (February, 2014) of “Inside Carolina” magazine has Hugh Morton’s fingerprints all over it. There are at least four stories with Morton images..

  17. There are two articles in the current issue (March 2014) of “Inside Carolina” magazine with credited Hugh Morton photographs…Thad Mumau’s “The Greatest Games” and Matt Morgan’s “Moment in Time.”

  18. The January, 2015 issue of “Our State” magazine has a magnificent photo essay called “Viewfinders.” The essay highlights the work of three of North Carolina’s finest photographers…Aycock Brown, Hugh Morton, and Bill Russ and can be found on pages 60 to 79.

  19. WUNC-TV’s special program “Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina from the 1920s to 1972” on Thursday night (January 8, 2015) contained several Hugh Morton photographs and he was given credit for them at the close.

  20. There are two Morton images supporting Matt Morgan’s “Moment in Time,” in the February, 2015 issue of “Inside Carolina” magazine (Pages 52-54). Morgan’s research for this piece corrected an identification error on the Morton Web Site for these two images:

    Here is the corrected caption for both images:

    The player on the right is Jeff Wolf, not Joe Wolf Jeff’s brother. The picture was taken on March 21, 1987 at the Meadowlands, NJ following Carolina’s four-point-loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Elite 8.

  21. I recently got a copy of Rick Brewer’s magnificent book “The University of North Carolina Basketball Vault: The History of the Tar Heels.”

    The book has Hugh Morton’s fingerprints (or perhaps I should say photo prints) all over it with credit given.

  22. Legendary Sports Writer Wilt Browning’s new book, “Nothing Finer: North Carolina’s Sports History and the People Who Made It,” has five credited Hugh Morton photographs inside and two on the front cover. There are likely additional Morton images that are not credited.

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