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Raw Chatter

I had one of the nicest interviews of my journalistic career last week.

It was a pleasure, as well as an honor to sit down and talk with Boone A. Knox, one of the most successful businessmen I've ever known.

The interview also featured some of his closest friends, too. They included Judy Whiddon, Bobbie Crutchfield, Jerry Williams and Jim Alfriend.

I had planned the interview a week earlier, so that it could appear in this week's special section, titled Mirror Images -- a collection of in-depth human-interest pieces about various people who have made a significant difference in the lives of others in McDuffie County.

No doubt about it, Mr. Knox certainly fit that mold.

I had a great time.

My feedback from them was that they did, too.

That made it even more worthwhile.

Through the years, I've been around Mr. Knox and interviewed him, but never in a setting like this one. The difference -- it was up close and personal. And it wasn't timed. The interview lasted a little more than two hours.

Time wasn't important, though. It was the quality of time spent with Mr. Knox and his close friends that I shall always cherish the most.

Mr. Knox was so genuine and so were his friends. It made the interview just that much better.

In the special Images Section of this edition, you will find the interview with Mr. Knox broken down into five different stories. I think it will make the reading easier.

My colleague, Lynn Davidson and I have spent an enormous amount of time doing many of the interviews in this special section. And we both sincerely hope you, our readers, will enjoy the end product of this hard work.

I just appreciate so much Mr. Knox allowing me and our newspaper the opportunity to interview him. He was so gracious.

It personally meant a lot to me. And I'll never forget it.

Mr. Knox is a most honorable man -- one I enjoyed being around a lot. I liked the way he came across and his answers on many of the questions I posed.

His legacy as a businessman will far outlive him. Some of his friends said Mr. Knox is a man who believes in honesty and that it's the way he's always conducted himself when attempting to make any kind of business deal -- be it big or small.

I'll never forget his reaction towards the end of the interview when I asked him if there was anything else he'd like to say since the story was about him. I also asked him if there were any questions that I had not asked that he'd like me to ask.

He gestured with his arms extended widely, replying and chuckling, "Do I think you asked enough questions?"

Everybody else in the room laughed, too.

Web posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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