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From the stage of Grand Ole Opry to concert halls around world, and on television’s Hee Haw Prime Time Country, Cousin Minnie Pearl entertained fans friends with her stories about Grinder’s Switch jokes. Now you can recall best them, such as . This week we decided we’d better take Brother up Nashville try get him a job. So I took one places man said he’d give He said, “I start at thity dollars in five years you’ll two hundred!” “That’s fine. I’ll be back years!” Mr. Smith, seventy-five-year-old multimillionaire, just married young, beautiful eighteen-year-old girl. A friend asked, “How did an marry when you’re seventy-five?” The told was ninety-five!” Also included are memories by Porter Wagoner Ralph Emery Bill Anderson Johnny Russell Little Jimmy Dickens C. Newman

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