Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Do You Have a Good Uncle Story?

Pops is the father of Pork Chop, a recurring character in my stories. Readers first meet him in my fifth novel, Pabby’s Score. The regulars in the clubhouse cannot bring themselves to call him Pops because he isn’t their father, so it's determined they must have another nickname for him instead. Based on an appearance that you just will have to read to understand, Pops earns the new name of Uncle Woo.

Poor Uncle Woo has a forgetful mind, struggling to remember simple things. Pork Chop eventually admits to the guys that his father suffers from Dementia. He is only in the early stages of what is diagnosed to be Alzheimer's disease, but it is clear to all that Uncle’s Woo’s story telling comes complete with a lot of mixed up facts and confusing moments. Uncle Woo will most likely remain a recurring character as he adds a lot of light-heartedness and heart to the pro shop.

So, this character got me thinking about uncles.  Most of us have that one uncle who is known for telling great stories or being ornery at the dinner table during the holidays or, maybe, seems to have a tendency to walk that line so that you wonder if there may be a call from the authorities coming some day.  Uncles can make for great characters! 

Do you have a great uncle story, or perhaps have a fictional uncle who automatically comes to mind (John Candy's Uncle Buck or Tom Hanks as Uncle Ned on Family Ties)?  Share your uncle moments!

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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1 comment:

Gerry Wendel said...

When I was growing up, I had an Uncle who bought a new Ford every year. Pinto, Elite, Mustang, Thunderbird ...always a completely different model from the previous one but he stuck to the brand.