Please allow me to introduce myself
You all recognize the title, right? It’s the first line in “Sympathy for the Devil,” one of my all-time favorite Beatles’ songs. (Relax, I was just checking to see if you were paying attention). I remember hearing it during the final scene of the 1979 movie “The Jericho Mile” as Peter Strauss put everything he had into a one-mile workout on a makeshift track while serving time in prison. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played that song in my head while I’m out for a run.
Allow me to formally introduce myself. My name is Scott Ludwig, and let me tell you up front it took me almost 60 years to have the good sense to transition to country life in the “perfect setting for life,” Senoia. My wife Cindy and I have been a part of Coweta County since the summer of 2014, and we love it.
You already know a little about me as I mentioned I’m a runner. I also love to write. I often do both at the same time. I can tell by the look on your faces this needs an explanation, so here goes.
I’ve run every day since Nov. 30, 1978, accumulating over 144,000 miles in the process. Running that much has allowed me a lot of time to myself, and during this time I often find myself “writing in my head,” if there’s such a thing. Then, after my run is over I tend to write down whatever was running through my mind that day. Since 2007, that has translated into 12 books, a blog and regular contributions to two monthly running periodicals in the Southeast.
Since I have so much free time on my hands (did you notice my special Sarcasm Font?) I offered to write a weekly column for the Newnan Times-Herald. Walter Jones, the publisher graciously accepted my offer which brings us to where we are today, this week’s installment.
Since I’ve been asked to limit my columns to 600 words, by my count I have 253 words left to tell you everything you need to know about me.
Moreland’s own Lewis Grizzard is my all-time favorite writer. Over the years I’ve tried to emulate his style, hoping my words will do the same as his: warm your heart and/or put a smile on your face.
I’m a Navy brat who has lived in Virginia, Holland, Rhode Island, Hawaii and Florida while growing up.
I married Cindy, my high school sweetheart in 1977. We both graduated from the University of Florida and bleed orange and blue.
I’ve worked in the logistics industry for the past 37+ years. Three more years and I’m going to pursue my dream job. (Possibilities include writer, working in an antique store or replacing one of the guys on “American Picker.”)
I will write about any topic under the sun. The proof lies in the weeks ahead.
Cindy and I have two sons, Justin and Josh; a grandson named Krischan, three cats, a 1953 Packard Clipper and an extensive collection of Florida Gator memorabilia in our basement, affectionately called the Gator Room. I tend to write about all of these things now and again, especially Krischan (the only boy I know who had a biography written about him by the time he was 5 years old).
Since the word count is rapidly approaching my limit, I’ll close with this:
It will be my pleasure to write for this periodical.
I hope you will get as much enjoyment out of reading my columns as I do writing them.
I appreciate the opportunity to share “my runs” with all of you.
(Scott Ludwig is a writer living in Senoia. He will greet readers along with other columnists at The Newnan Times-Herald during Newnan Main Street’s Art Walk this Friday 5-9 p.m.)