Lewis Grizzard - Colorful Characters - Anniversary - Atlanta Magazine

Lewis Grizzard



Through thousands of newspaper columns and twenty books, the Georgia-born humorist forged a bond with Southern readers—whether he wrote about football-carrying Dawgs in Athens, the chili variety at the Varsity, or his beloved black Lab, Catfish. At twenty-three the UGA alum became the youngest sports editor in the history of the Atlanta Journal, where he worked alongside his idol Furman Bisher. But when the Atlanta Constitution assigned him to write a column in 1977, Grizzard became a star, syndicated in 450 newspapers and with recurring visits to Johnny Carson’s couch on The Tonight Show. He died from heart failure at age forty-seven. A portion of his ashes was scattered on the fifty-yard line at Sanford Stadium.

A “Designing” Cameo In 1988 Grizzard guest-starred on an episode of the CBS hit sitcom Designing Women as Clayton Sugarbaker, a former mental patient.

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Magazine, October 1986

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  1. SusanM_7509 posted on 07/28/2011 09:33 AM
    Came across his favorite barbecue place in Newnan. The owners have his favorite booth adorned with his picture. Was real hard letting go of Lewis -- one of the nation's best regional humorists.
  2. AmandaL_2237 posted on 07/29/2011 12:09 PM
    Paragraph after paragraph for Blondie and Rocker (both equally awesome) - and then this stub on Grizzard? I still re-read his books when I need a pick me up!
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