Last week, creative writing students at Clinton High School sorted through 60-year-old pictures and letters, trying to piece together the life of James Crawford. Their teacher, Cordelia Godfrey, had found a trunk full of the belongings 24 years ago, when she bought an old house on Sewanee Drive in West Jackson.
Today, they're solving the mystery of the man with new information from a special visitor.
Lynda McClendon of Georgia got word of our story from a cousin in the Jackson area who had watched it.
"He said was that your dad, I said no, that's my brother," she says.
McClendon sat down with some of the artifacts, and used them to illustrate Crawford's life in the 40's and 50's, when he attended Ole Miss and then went into the Navy.
"When Jim got out of the Navy, my family, mom and dad and I went to San Diego to pick him up. That was our first taste of pizza. Pizza had not come to Mississippi when he got out," she says. "He worked for WJTV, and hosted 'Guest in the House' program with all the celebrities that came through Jackson. Did newscasts and weather as well. He at one point hosted the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg."
Mr. Crawford never married, and passed away at age 79.
The date our story ran last week is significant.
"The story aired on the fourth anniversary of his death. February 21st," McClendon says.
An old trunk has proven to be full of treasure for a creative writing class at Clinton High School. Students have snapped on sterile gloves and they're pouring through artifacts, trying to solve a puzzle.More>>
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