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EMILY EROTAS: Why the aversion to shirts?
TERRY PORTER: I suppose it started when I was a youngster, and it just saved ol’ Momma a whole lot of laundry if I didn’t wear one. I ain’t saying I’m stupid—if I go outside and the snow’s a-blowin’, I’ma go back and get one.EE: What does “hilljack” mean?
TP: A hilljack is somebody that’s smart enough to take what you got and make what you need. EE: Like this potato launcher you’re holding?
TP: Yes. I don’t own a gun. Guns are expensive, so I made a potato gun, which is cheap.EE: You own country auto parts. What’s your favorite car?
TP: Fords, because I can part ’em pretty easy, but my preference to drive is Chevrolets. If I race anything, I like the ol’ four-frame Chevelle just because they’re easier to work on.EE: Are you a Budweiser man in the garage?
TP: I do not drink any alcoholic beverages. My preference is Big Red if I’m not drinking water. EE: Wouldn’t booze make it easier to watch yourself on TV?
TP: I don’t watch TV very often. I come in late, eat supper, maybe watch TV for 15 minutes while I’m getting ready to take a nap.EE: You like get-rich-quick schemes. Is the show your best one so far?
TP: Obviously, I’ve never come up with a good one—I ain’t rich!
Photo by Tony Valainis
This article appeared in the September 2013 issue.
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