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

119 thoughts on “Morton photos in today’s news

  1. In the current issue (December, 2015) of “Carolina Blue” magazine, there is a 2-page article listing their top 10 punters in UNC football history. I wasn’t surprised to see that Charlie Justice was their choice for number one. The article, on pages 16 and 17, also includes a Hugh Morton Justice image.

  2. There is a short Hugh Morton – Mildred the Bear story in the current issue (October, 2018) of “Our State” magazine…page 6

  3. The 2019 college football season marked the 150th season of play. To celebrate that amazing accomplishment, ESPN has selected the 150 top players. UNC has 3 in that select group…Charlie Justice, Julius Peppers, and Lawrence Taylor. The Justice picture used to support the list is a Hugh Morton image taken at the 1949 UNC Blue-White game on April 30, 1949 in Kenan Memorial Stadium.

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