The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

I Like the Christian Life! #17


Original Caption:

Dallas -- Protestant evangelist Billy Graham appears on stage during the Explo '72, an evangelical conference sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, which was described as "a religious Woodstock" (1972)

14 comments :

David T. Macknet said...

Is this photo inverted, or did he just wear his watch on his right wrist?

David T. Macknet said...

(Of course, some do, but I'm hoping you have a higher resolution image, so you can examine the watch face to make sure.)

swac said...

"Don't take the brown wafer...the brown wafer is *bad*..."

Timmy said...

That's as close as I've seen him ever flippin' somebody off.

Tom Sutpen said...

If the image is inverted, I ain't the one what inverted it.

That said, I'd love to see more photos of this event. I'll wager that, apart from the 'Laugh-In' backdrop (didn't Graham do a guest shot on 'Laugh-In'?) it looks like a standard Billy Graham Crusade of the period.

David T. Macknet said...

Do you have a higher resolution image, though, so that one's mind could be set at ease?

Brooks said...

Looks like the shirt buttons and the sans-a-belt strap are heading in the correct direction for a manly man.

Tom Sutpen said...

David:

No, I don't. Sorry.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

All the photos on Google images which show a wristwatch on Rev. Graham show it apparently on his right wrist. Almost none of these pictures contain details by which one could tell if the image had been reversed. There was one with a table clock behind him and the numerals were unreversed. However, there was a picture of Graham with John McCain and McCain was wearing HIS watch on the same wrist (apparently the right) as the Rev.

Glad I could help.

Brent McKee said...

All of the photos that I've ssen of Billy Graham wearing a watch show him wearing it on his right hand. Given that he's also carrying his bible in his right hand is it just barely possible that he's left handed?

JonCow said...

Found 3 other images on Google Images of B. Graham showing a wristwatch on his right wrist (including photos with Presidents Nixon & Obama).

Tom Sutpen said...

For what it's worth, I've located another photo from his event, showing the Rev. standing before a backdrop with 'JESUS' written in psychedelic script. The watch is on his right wrist in that photo (which I can make available lest anyone doubt).

Brent McKee said...

It's a simple case of Occam's Razor. The simplest answer - in this case that Dr. Graham is most likely left-handed - is usually the correct one.

Unmann-Wittering said...

When he goes to heaven Billy will sit at God's left hand.