Writer's Interview: Alastar Packer

The softer side of Alastar with Ms Elsa
The softer side of Alastar with Ms Elsa | Source

Meet Alastar ...

Alastar Packer is truly an example of a modest Southern gentleman. I believe he thought he would be "tooting his own horn" and just didn't have an instant comfort level with the process.

I am grateful that time, contemplation and a gentle nudge from a couple friends convinced him otherwise. After reading the following interview, I know you will be as well:

The times I'm most creative are ....

first thing in the morning after that first cup of coffee and all is quiet in the house. Also something I read or hear will set off those "creative juices". And funnily enough when dreaming myself a "creative person."

The times I'm most joyful are..

the time spent with friends and relatives and an ex-feral tomcat whose become quite the homeboy. Traveling to the beach or mountains on vacation generally bring about a high level of joy as well.

Something I'd like to learn to do...

is teach the world to sing in perfect harmony ha ha, no, that's the old coke commercial; but on second thought its really not a bad something to want to learn to do.

My secret talent ...

is being able to foresee things before they happen sometimes; that and giving marvelous back rubs unexpectedly.

Best gift I ever gave someone ...

My father loved the Andy Griffith show. Just before he passed away I bought him a large framed and numbered original charcoal drawing of the characters in the Andy Griffith show for his birthday. He always said Aunt Bee reminded him of his mother. He was thrilled to tears, bless his heart, when I gave it to him in his hospital room. Now I have it in my home where guests usually comment on it which is very nice.

Best gift I ever received from someone ...

The gift of life from my mom.

If you peeked in my closet, you'd be surprised to find ...

anything but a great many clothes, but you would find an arrowhead, souvenir and good luck coins from friends and relatives, piles of vintage magazines collected over the years and many other treasured items

My dream dinner date ....

is in a beautiful glass restaurant, sitting at the top of a luxurious hotel, overlooking over the ocean. After which there would be some "shag" dancing to beach music.

My favorite vacation spot .... paradise destination ....

My favorite vacation spot is probably the Great North Woods of Canada. Charleston, S.C. and the seacoast islands are nice too; and a paradise destination would be the fantasy spots of Fiji and Bora Bora.

Something I fear ....

My biggest fear is for this world. There are so many good and beautiful people and children, especially children, in it. If humanity could only get the negative aspects of our nature under control and let the positive shine forth oh what a wonderful world it could truly be .

On a lighter note, never had fear of heights as a child but as the years went on vertigo became a little problem; but that's been largely overcome lately...most of the time!

What I most despise in others...

This is going to be short and sweet. Parents that don't treat their children right. Those who put things like drugs before their children and deadbeats for example.

Something I got rid of and never missed...

Acne at 18-that's the first thing that comes to mind!

What song tells the story of your life .... Why?

Keep on Smiling by Wet Willie. That song helped pull me through a tough time as a young teen and kind of set the pace for the future.

{Alastar, Please, don't blush! How cool is a man who selects a song that fits marcoujor's "It's Raining Men" theme perfectly...? Well, the same kinda guy who is holding sweet Ms Elsa in that picture! Thank you for this "blast from the past" song that I have always loved as well...!}

Wet Willie: Keep On Smiling

Some advice to my younger self ....

Listen fool, listen. Never allow yourself to lean to your own understanding when it conflicts with the experience of those older and wiser.

The best part of getting older...

Learning the real meaning of life and being able to share my past experiences with others. On the other hand growing old is hell and even worse if you're poor (words of wisdom from one of the older and wiser).

Best advice to a new writer...

Stay the course and don't get discouraged too easily. If you are new at writing, it takes time . Practice makes perfect and good things are worth waiting on.

My favorite book and why...

After reading umpteen thousands over the years that's truly a mission impossible so lets just say two books that a big impact in childhood: one was called American Folklore and the other was an Alfred Hitchcock compilation of eerie fiction stories. On reflection those are the same two subjects I mostly write on--history and the paranormal!

What subjects / genres are you best at writing/ about ?

Again, history and the unexplained. A memoir about the seventies and eighties are in the works with four chapters, or years, on HubPages.

What would be a subject/ genre that would challenge your current writing efforts? Or are you perfectly happy with where you are...

Pretty happy with where things stand at present; but the future may see a branching out for further adventurous challenges!

Thank you, Alastar....

I admit I was teeter - tottering on which of the many Temptations songs to select for you.

Your answer, albeit tongue - in - cheek, about 'wanting to teach the world to sing'... and your dream dinner date... have greatly assisted me in my decision!

So, please enjoy, and even dance with me to one of my favorites: "Funky Broadway".

© Maria Jordan (July, 2012)

Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations: Funky Broadway

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Alastar, I ABSOLUTELY AGREE... Eddy is AMAZING and so are you!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Marie include me in with that relieved and big ever. One can never have enough of the grace in this Welsh princess. Bless you friend Eddy, the ol' homestead just wasn't quite the same without you.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear eddy,

I am EVER so relieved to see you back as I your other avatar seemed to be unpublished. Thanks for EXTENDING some HubLove to our friend Alastar and hoping you are both ENJOYING your week.

Hugs, Maria

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What wonderful interview with a well deserved writer.

He is one of the most natural writer I have had the fortune of getting to know.

I also look forward to many more by you Mar and of course to by our mutual friend .

Enjoy your day.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Have a peaceful and happy weekend, Alastar. Hugs, Nurse mar

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

I agree Nurse mar, birds of a feather sure flock together. Hugs back to ya ma'am!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Sunnie my friend, if anyone is kind-hearted and sweet it's you dear lady x a thousand.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Nee, you rock! Love your pics on femmes work. The latest ones on Bookbaggers are great with the typewriter in the stable and others!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Rosemary50, thank you! Helen, Seeker7, is one of the best commenters on HP and that's a fact!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Right again, my friend! I must say you have the most excellent judgment in friends and writing abilities. Oh wow, is this because we agree...?

Anyway, thank you for stopping by. Hugs to you and Alastar, mar

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wonderful interview...Alastar is such a wonderful writer..If you want to know any thing about history he is the man. He is a wealth of information. He is very kindhearted and sweet too.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Nee, how sweet of you, happy you dig the photo! As far as rocking, well, these days the spirit is as willing as ever but the joints say not so fast! Aww, to heck with what they say-- lets rock on Nee!

All is well and awesome Nurse Mar, my pleasure to always stop by and visit with a lady friend like you! XO

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

NICE to see you, nee.

Alastar, hoping ALL is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME in your world. Thank you for ALWAYS stopping by. Hugs, Maria

nee 4 years ago

Alastar you rock! Love the pic of you and cat on beach.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Tim! Lets play Twister lets play Risk...! Thank you for the thoughtful comments; that's quite an illustrious family line you seem to have. Agree entirely with your view on marcoujor's "tops!" All is well Nurse Mar, hope all good is with you too; if only there were more hours in the day for all we desire to do!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Frank ol' boy your very generous and I do thank you my friend. Your the special kind of person whose marvelous talent and personality comes across so very well through the writing medium. A privilege and honor to have made your acquaintance fine sir!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Tim,

Thanks for noticing the care I put into each of your videos. It may have been the most fun aspect for me. I will be making a SUPREME effort with the ladies, as my TEMPTATIONS led me in in that direction.

Hope all is well and have a good night, marcoujor

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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

(((( Marcoujor)))))

Knock, knock?

Who's there?


Marcoujor who?

No, Ma RC coujor, I forget it, Can I get it? (I tried, oh well)

Maria, when a scout we learned how to tie knots. We learned how to untie them too. That said, this article is the 'tops' like the whole series Raining Men is! I think admirably how you diversified, amplified, and personified each while offering a hint of your personal flair with the well chosen video.

Once when I went on an adventure I simply went to each and listened to that video you choose for each. Oddly, the dance floor was full of friends doing the hokey-pokey, the twist and then when over went to your place and played twister. Now, that was a fun night. I liked watching you get into knots with so and so. I'm still smiling . . .

Have a great evening, me I'm later for work


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Y'all,

Frank-- With little FANFARE but much FINESSE, I thank you for your FINE comment.

Tim-- I am TONGUE-TIED at how you TENDER such THOROUGH remarks in your THOUGHTFUL manner.

Alastar-- Hope all is well. I think most of these AWESOME thoughts are directed at you APPROPRIATELY so... Hugs to all, Maria

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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

After reading this while on an adventure this morning I decided to leave a satchel on the door step. I was a tad in theta earlier, so comments way too long. More closely to Beta, with coffee as fuel, I say simply 'Amazing.' A reader of history, always learning, I now know some of an author I admire. Some say I am older, yet the secret is we are probably pretty close. Most certainly a teacher I admire. Knowing his oddities, maybe a tad of uniqueness, and a bunch from one picture where I sought the ice chest and grill while posing a question, "How is the water?"

Oh, the satchel? I pondered Vinaya with women, Marcoujor with men, and then said, "How about an investigative series on hubbers of the authors choosing regarding his interest - the unexplained?" The satchel, Oh nothing explosive, it lay empty, with a note from my grandma Marion 'Mccrea' Crocker of New Jersey,' saying 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road.'

Seems a quick perusal of your hubs and knowing my family line on one branch sheds light near the Wildermuth clan and the Mayflower if'n you go back enough. The oddity this interview did inspire with Google search is in the old days they use to count and describe toes and fingers on birth certificates. Six toes and five fingers, one missing there and the other too short so cut it off and more it seems. Now the real oddity is I found in complete a story written by my grandpa, "The Black and the Tenderfoot A Short Story by Percy Crocker" published in 1913. How odd, I thought he was just a mining engineer.

I said this was going to be short, I lied it seems. A bit more of tracing I discover something more. Seems a branch is near yours, maybe, so is this interview of both a cause and a cuz? The unexplained it seems. I am glad to know you, Alastar.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Alastar is an amazing hubber.. smart, witty.. ( yeah not witty ) intelligent.. and creative .. this was a good tribute to a generous hubber voted awesome :) Frank

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Absolutely femme! Squatch on!

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I was hoping to have something impressive to send you this week, but alas, my first "Squatching" outing with Nee, during a trip to Oklahoma over the past weekend, was a flop, as far as finding anything of "Squatch" interest, lol.

It wasn't a total loss though. I discovered Boggy Park, a historically significant site near Wapanuka, Oklahoma, allows for mountain bikers to ride off road. Woot! Woot!!

That alone made the trip worthwhile. Now my Trinity River Pack mates and I have a new place to ride, that won't take all day to get to, from Fort Worth.

And, I found out that squatching is kinda fun! I would change my mind immediately if I actually ran into one, but the thrill of hunting for activity signs was a blast.

Thank you so much for the very kind compliments. They are easily reflected right back at you. You know how it is with birds of a feather. :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your the wonderful one femme. And perhaps a bit psychic too lol. Your generosity shows, well, how very generous a person you are. Anyway, thank you awesome lady! Now's a good time to tell all just how very much I respect you as a person, friend, writer and investigator. Also want to encourage folks to check-out your hub and fascinating blog sites. And femme, e-mail the ol' boy sometime with the latest high strangeness or anything else cookin' up your way, please!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

FAIR Femme,


You know there is no clock in HubVille, at least in my "hood"! You are welcome to stop by ANYTIME AS is that ADORABLE AND AMIABLE Alastar!

Hugs to you both, Maria

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Girlfriend, my sincere apologies for being late to the party!! However, since I've taken a little time to come up for air this morning, here I am to sign the guest book!

This was WONDERFUL!!

Not to detract from your impressive literary skills, Mar, but I can't fathom that anything written about our History Master could be anything less than superb. He set, and has maintained, an incredibly high standard in both content and participation since he arrived on the Hub scene. If he isn't regaling us with historical accounts, he's giving us reason to jump at things that go bump in the night. I love both of the genres he writes in, and I love the way he presents them. He keeps his content blonde-friendly from start to finish.

Apparently, when he's not writing, he's often reading, and the reading is frequently here, on the Hub. He's constantly leaving encouraging and interesting comments on other writers' work, and his enthusiasm, when he really likes the content, is infectious.

I also admire Alastar's work for the courage it took to write many of his pieces. So many people are afraid to even consider thinking outside the box, or sharing experiences in the realm of the supernatural, let alone, writing those considerations and occurrences down and then publishing them for all the world to see. He not only brought his work to the edge, he threw it off, and made it fly.

Alastar is an absolute asset to any literary community, and you've done a stellar job in widening the window for his fan's to see a larger picture of the artist behind the work.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The dictionary says Altruistic is the unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. If Alastar is any part of that description then he's happy 'cause he sure wouldn't want to be the opposite lol! Thanks a mil for all your generosity and support Marie, you've created a most marvelous series and do look forward to any Raining Ladies that may be in the works. Oh, and soon as time permits- know what people mean now when they say there aren't enough hours in the day- plan to catch up on some of the other Getting to Know fellows that i inadvertently missed the first go-round. Your Simply Awesome My Lady!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author


I APPLAUD the ALTRUISTIC manner in which you ALWAYS ATTEND to your APPRECIATIVE friends and followers. You are a sweetheart.

Hope y'all have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Sannel, I want to place you beside a lady who became a dear friend in Denmark once. Its been many years since we've been in touch but I'll always remember her as the kindest, most gentle, thoughtful, talented person, maybe ever. You my Swedish friend, remind me of her to a tee. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being who you are, not just to me, but to everyone who's come to know your many gifts; and if its alright, we'll leave it at that- as the softer side of Alastar is knocking at the door.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yes we do share similar passions Ricky and the respect is returned to you double my friend. Your the kind of man who comes across as he truly is on the site and has the best series on tat styles anywhere; along with your other great writes. And thanks for giving me another chance to say-- Awesome job with your series Nurse Mar, yeah!!!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Morning, Y'all,

thelyricwriter-- LOVELY to see you stop by to say such LIKEABLE remarks about Alastar.

SanneL-- You have SWEETLY SUMMARIZED the inspiration AP has SERVED in your writing journey. SWELL to SEE you!

Mr Packer-- I am PROUD to call you friend and so PLEASED at the beautiful feedback you are getting... which PROOVES my POINT all along... you are PERFECTLY fabulous!

Hope y'all have a peaceful day, off to class. Hugs, Maria

Sannel 4 years ago

Looking at all the comments up above, it's easy to understand that Mr. Packer is very much-loved and admired by all the people he has touched with his warmth, kindness and good nature. Alastar Packer is a true gentleman who I admire and adore immensely. Alastar was one of my earliest followers, and he was always one of the first to leave comments on all of my hubs. I have never mentioned this to him, but his supportive, kind and many times witty comments encouraged me to keep on writing, when things was difficult. I will never forget that and you my dear Alastar, shall always have a special place in my Swedish heart. Mr. Packer is an enormous brilliant and talented writer and he has teached me so much of North Carolina history. His Southern Belle stories and the paranormal mysteries has brought me so much joy and fascination and his tribute to his loving "Pretty girl" Leggs brought me to tears. Alastar, I can't say this often enough, but you truly are a remarkable man! Maria, thank you for this wonderful interview with one of my all-time favorite hub authors. Alastar, bless you my American friend. Hugs, Sannel

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Mar, this is an awesome interview and tribute to a great writer. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Alastar over the past year and it is great to learn about him even more. I respect Alastar on the highest of levels, as we both have many similar passions. Alastar, your a great talent and a great member of our community on Hubpages. Keep doing what you do my friend. Best wishes Alastar and Mar, awesome job on the interview!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

She does excel in her presentations and much else to boot. Appreciate the comment just exploring-- I've noticed you as well and plan on making it a point to read some of your work soon!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you PegCole-- its always best to know yourself and express your thoughts and feelings when commenting on the hubs. Your cat stranger story made the endearing easy. Very happy you choose to find out more Peg!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your aspiration was achieved with the funky seal of approval Nurse mar!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Alastar-- I ASPIRED to make you APPRECIATIVE of your song selection! I am ABSOLUTELY taken ABACK that you are...Yeah!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Ruby-- Thank you for your REFINED and REFRESHING REMARKS! I RELISH whenever you ROLL in for a visit!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hello lord de cross-- am familiar with your work some, birds of a feather in some matters, eh? Yes, losing a parent is one of the hardest things in life but if one believes in the immortal spirit it is a comfort. And agree, Marie made an excellent selection with the funky song, she sure did! Thanks lord!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gypsy Rose! Thank you for the comments. Elsa thanks you too! Told myself to just be natural with the answers and basically reply with what first came to mind. Here's a little secret about the mom remark: The pregnancy was unexpected and the county Wise Woman offered a turpentine-smelling concoction on a false assumption-- anyway, thanks mom for turning your nose and telling her off!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

We get by with a little nudging from our friends--absolutely! Thank you Gail! One of your great writing talents is to take a regional subject like Delaware and make it interesting and a delight to read--accompanied by your wonderful photos of course. Ha ha, appreciate you mentioning the Flick series--they're finally getting edited into some kind of final form. And can hardly wait to read more about one of fave lady writers when the females get their star turn from our awesome host of ceremonies Marie!

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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

@Alastar--The feeling is mutual, my friend. Thanks for the kindness.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am like Rosemary, i've noticed his comments on many hubs, but unfamiliar with his work. It appears to me that i've missed some good stories. I enjoyed this interview Mar, you excel in this type of presentation. Thank you.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

LIKE the Christmas Carol, thanks for LEAPING by, LORD!

Two of my nephews caught me once saying, "Auntie, how can we 'both' be your favorite...??" TIP to TAMMY...

Oh LORD, (besides Alastar...) you are my all-time favorite... cept for Josh, Rahul, Doc, Vincent, Colin, omg... oh wait, I meant Vinaya, Cags, Mickey, Mike, AAZ, Tony... oh forget it...

y'all are my favorites...!

Oh, and don't get me started on my Sista favorites... like that there Miss Peggy Cole! I knew she would be an "AP" admirer!

Hugs for the house, Maria

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

It is good to see a little bit more of the Alastar featured here in your interview Maria. Always joyous at finding another animal lover among us. After he made an endearing comment about my cat stranger hub I had to find out more about this entertaining guy. Thanks for presenting these questions to further peak our imagination about Mr. Packer. Nicely done!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wow Alastar Packer, didn't know you had some powers behind that mind. No wonder you write southern History in no time. So sorry for your dad's departure. We all will take the same course and join our own. Thanks Maria! This was fun. love the music selection!

P.S. I read you Tammy..is okay....sniff sniff..!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Morning Ya'll,

Rosemay-- READING can be REALLY hard to keep up with! Just ask me, I'm as behind as it gets...but so RIGHT you are about Alastar's gift with the paranormal!

Gail-- So GLAD that you GAVE accent to AP's movie series, which I also believe he has a GIFT for writing... both nostalgic and informative.

Gypsy-- As GUYS GO, Alastar is GENUINELY the real deal... GLAD you picked right up on this.

Alastar-- I know your individualized comments are APPRECIATED by everyone. You are AMAZING and my ADMIRATION grows by the day.

Hoping everyone has a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Maria my friend what can I say. This interview really blew me away. It had all my attention when I saw that terrif pic of this man with beautiful Ms. Elsa. Then what he did for his dad shows such compassion and when he said that the best gift ever was the gift of life from his mom well I just knew this was one very special guy.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Make that like a Tarheel soldiers' feet stuck on the battleground Randy!

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This series would definitely not seem complete without an Alastar interview! So glad he finally decided to participate in it after a little helpful nudging from his many friends.

Yes, Alastar is a true Southern gentleman whose love of the south shines through in the historical hubs he writes about it. I always feel as if I'm right in the center of the action when he writes about battles and historical figures.

And his movie theatre memoir series is a fun and entertaining read that's a trip down memory lane for anyone who remembers those 70's and 80's films.

Love the photo of Alastar with Ms. Elsa, which does show his tender side. So does the gift he gave his dad, especially since he now keeps it in a prominent place in his house.

I have to vote this hub up across the board as it was wonderful learning more about this fascinating, interesting writer. Am also sharing it.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Randy, I'm very glad you did make an exception and most honored bro. Your absolutely one of my very favorite writer's of fiction and non-fiction on the site, or anywhere else for that matter. Let me encourage everyone unfamiliar with your work to at least check-out your recent Civil War fiction writes. Many have graciously called me a Southern Gentleman on here which is mighty appreciated but your more of one in many ways in my opinion--an out-spoken and fearless one at that. You hold to your beliefs like a Tarheel soldier did in CW combat my friend. And with you 100% on the congrats to Maria!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Haha moonlake, he's officially a dyed-in the-wool, overweight homeboy now. What won me over was how he stood up to the bigger dogs over the food i tossed out for the hungry animals out and about at night. Enjoy reading you too moonlake, what's it been now-- a year and a half, wow!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ohh Kathy! Watch out for the stream-of-consciousness reply to your very sweet comment good friend! Lucky Cats is one of the very best of peeps to so many on HubPages because she is the real deal with one of the biggest hearts around. Her sacrifices and efforts for those sentient creatures so sadly abandoned and mis-treated in the world are a wonder and inspiration to behold. Shes also a beautiful people person and excellent, open, and oft times brutally honest writer. That's just who you are Kathy. I'm gonna thank you a million for all your understanding and for being a peer without equal. Bless you Lady.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

La Thing, what an awesome looking and enigmatic mask you have for an avatar. Very generous of you to say what you have and Alastar thanks you for it. Thanks also for mentioning the fear for the world answer; its the only approaching profound one I could think of!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well howdy Josh, it sure is refreshing to see your enthusiasm for this interview and Marie's Raining Men series! Didn't have to ponder long on the fear for the world, thank you for mentioning that Josh. And follow on up if you see any subjects you like--love to follow back when someones really interested in the mutual society!

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I haven't read many of A P's hubs (more due to a lack of time) but I am always fascinated with his comments on Seeker7's hubs on the paranormal. He has some fascinating ideas

I enjoyed this interview Maria, you did a great job between you. Thank you Alaster fro giving us a little info on yourself

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Augustine you know us Love Devils share our best secrets bro lol. So try that knuckle thing in the small of the...uh-oh, almost let it slip-- we gotta keep our secrets between us like the magicians do. That was one of the most forthright and eerie para experiences I've ever heard of son and if you say anything I did inspired you to share it then...well, pretty darn good. And yes! Weren't bad at'all, thanks to your great interview with Marie which inspired me to finally join the club!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The eighties were certainly the years for shaggin' the night away Lilleyth. Maybe there are still meet-ups for beach music dancing near you now. Around the Charlotte area there are literally dozens with fave DJs every week. Glad for the interesting and appreciate the gentleman Lilleyth!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your advice is my command Nurse mar. Shall return to the *right* way of replying henceforth with apologies to all.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Evening, Y'all,

Lucky-- What a LAVISH and LAUDABLE comment on dear Alastar. You are LOVELY from "paw to tail", Miss Cats!

Hyph-- I am HYSTERICALLY HAPPY you came back cuz now I can give you a public HUG! Thanks, girlfriend!

moonlake-- I appreciate your MEANINGFUL remarks. Great to see you.

Randy-- I RELISH that you took the time to show some RESPECT to AP... thank you for stopping by!

And, to Alastar-- You say "whatever you want for as long as it takes". We don't have an orchestra starting up the music when a comment gets to be a certain length... I think Sista is jealous that you are rhyming "AVENUE with rendezvous" and she isn't involved (Hee-hee)!

Have a happy night y'all. Hugs, Maria

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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

I seldom read interviews of hubbers but I certainly had to make an exception for this one, Maria. Alastar is among my favorite writers here as we both love our country's early history so much and his writing ability makes it come alive. Great interview, Maria and congrats to Alastar for his efforts here.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You said it with Marie's excellent job on these interviews sg. I'll congratulate her again too and please sg..sssh on the softer side ok, lol. Thank you ma'am!

Thanks to Marie's guidance and suggestions-and great questions- it turned out alright. But you know all about that Mike, having given a super enjoyable interview. Thanks good friend, and if anything I do helps to open someones thoughts on a subject then it makes any efforts worth it. Can only praise you for opening mine and so many other fans to the world of the beautiful folks at the Emerald Cafe.

You'd love dance shaggin' and beach music Martie! Basically a three-step and a little do-se-do lol. Martie there's nothing I'd like better at the moment than visiting South Africa with you as a guide; course, Mr B would have to act as chaperon to protect you from any unexpected back massaging animals out in the veld, right! Appreciate all a hundred times my friend and as far as Marie and I and the cafe go-- In some secluded rendezvous, that overlooks the avenue-- uh-huh, wink lol!

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great hub enjoyed reading it and always enjoy reading Alastar's hub. We're cat lovers so anyone that takes in a feral cat is a good person in my book. Always like reading about a hubber's life.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

A lot can be seen of what a person is by their photograph sometimes. Not just on the outside but more importantly what's on the inside, emanating out. That's what attracted me and why I followed you first Tammy, before even reading the story, which was great and just confirmed everything. Thank you so much for the kind thoughts and its extra special to be friends and interact with a fellow writer from N.C.

Car51 hello, nice to see you. Oh yes! Car51 Where Are You? Fred Gywnne comedy wasn't it. Be exploring your way before too long!

Appreciate those sentiments so very much fpherj, and absolutely, Marie has done a remarkable creation here with the series. Was a bit concerned at first that this one wouldn't be too interesting, but she set all at ease with her encouragement and style. Thank you fpherj!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well, I'll try to forget the faults and shortcomings for awhile. Ma and Pa did their best with instilling some manners and heart in the wayward child so my love and gratitude is with them always. And I may as well go ahead and say it publicly now-- Brenda your one of the finest people in the world and a mighty fine blessing for anyone you call or knows you a friend. Now, taking a cue from our marvelous Master of Ceremonies Nurse mar, to conserve the thread, and the lower back power lol, will condense the thanks and appreciation some.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Mr. Alastar Packer, you are so kind. See, everything said about you is true! The quintessential Southern gentleman indeed. I am so glad you did the interview and allowed others to know the wonderful man who has become a great friend to me and my family.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Suzette, if only you could have been a teacher during those school years oh what a positive difference it would have been. But, Alastar's learning from your excellent writings now and enjoying the friendship so he certainly won't complain! The joy is double your flavor here suzette!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Genna! Your feelings are so kind and truly make this fellows day. Your writings stay in my thoughts and go very deep-- your soulful poem of watching over the whales comes to mind right now. Thank you again Genna, your a wonderful lady in so very many ways.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Speaking of our friend Hyph, Vinaya, I still remember her enthusiastic endorsement of you and your writing. She knew of what she spoke and I'm mighty glad of it. Thank you Vinaya, your favorite writer here as well and a remarkable person its my pleasure to have met!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

In the bio it says I came to HubPages on the recommendation of a friend. Well its high time you were acknowledged properly as the friend Lady Hyphenbird. Everything you've just honored me by could go triple for you and then some. And you better believe both cheeks are blushing right now and maybe the other pair as well lol! Bless you good friend.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ohhh...Maria! You nailed it! Alastar Packer has always been the quintessential ''Southern Gentleman." His gentile (gentle?) way with words as he describes his beloved N. Carolina; the way in which he shares history w/such a feeling of respect while detailing some of the most horrendous acts of man against man; Europeans against Native Americans, and so many other examples of our colored and stained past. Alastar is a poet who rarely writes poetry...his high regard for our ancestors; his complimentary way with followers, and his deep respect for his fair readers is evident throughtout his HubPages interactions.

I have admired and respected Alastar from a readers' point of view as well as a human perspective; he is always a gentleman, always cooresponds with deference to his visitors. I see the 'man apart' essence of Mr. Packer, too; a private man with so many incredible gifts, through his words.

I'm glad Alastar decided to allow this interview; I like what I've read and revere him even more.

Wonderful job! Mar, and, Mr. Packer....you are just as I imagine you to be.....a good man!

PS Ms. Elsa and the nameless "feral tomcat" certainly add to Mr. Packer's total picture!! of course.

UP Awesome Useful Interesting, Beautiful...not funny....no no no K

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Y'all,

Hyph-- If you HAPPEN to make Alastar blush, then I will be HAPPY, as I am HARD-pressed to argue with any of your fabulous comments.

Vinaya-- I also appreciate the VARIETY in AP's historical and paranormal work. Thanks for your VISIT.

Genna-- I agree that Alastar is a perfect Southern GENTLEMAN as you have GRACIOUSLY accented.

suzette--Thanks for your SINCERE thoughts on AP's insightful and interesting writing.

tammy-- Wow, your favorite? This is TERRIFIC but let's TRY to keep this from the LORD!

Car51-- Yes, AP has a CERTAIN Southern CHARM that is hard to resist! Thanks for noticing our alaSTAR's interview is indeed my 30th in the Summer Challenge. Speaking of paranormal, be on the look for a real mystery interview in a couple days and then a little summary as well of the fun we've had!

fpher-- Thanks for your FINE remarks... we are all starting to FEEL more like FAMILY in this interview process.

sgbrown-- It is SURELY wonderful to SEE you and thank you for your kind feedback.

Mike-- Holy MOLY! You believe in ghosts...? AP, this is some MASTERFUL and persuasive writing!

Martie-- All kidding aside, Alastar and I have discussed (in the Cafe over MARTINIS...) that he will be starring in a new romance novel (written by you!) As far as a backrub...as if..............I would ever tell!

Lilleyth-- LOVELY to see you; LET's all join Alastar on the beach for some LINE (oh I mean shag) dancing...!

AAZ-- A million thanks for your friendly nudge to AP... it has APPARENTLY paid off well for him!

Josh-- You will derive much JOY in reading AP's work and Alastar, check out Josh as well... this kid can write!

LaThing--LOOKS LIKE you found another great writer to check out... I LOVE when you stop by. Many thanks!

Have a wonderful evening y'all and thanks to each of you for your caring comments. Hugs, Maria

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is an awesome interview! Here we are again, looking into the life of another great writer here ..... And all thanks to you, Maria, for bringing this to us!

Alastar is a wonderful writer, and he sounds like a true gentleman. Love the answer about his Fear..... Very caring!

Voting up.....

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania


Another awesome interview Maria! I am not following him either, that is why I appreciate this interview series!

Alastar, Awesome interview buddy! I enjoyed your responses, and I am headed over to your profile now! Alfred Hitchcock, excellent choice for reading! Your section on fearing the world was beautifully said!

Thanks Maria and Alastar both! Awesome interview!

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

"and giving marvelous back rubs unexpectedly."

SO, you're copying my moves? As long as you don't do the thing with the knuckles, we're still good.

Alastar is a well red and bred hubber friend from yore. One of my earliest supporters, always there to give insightful comments. I still remember his paranormal hubs, which inspired me to share on of my own here on HP. Enjoy the historical battles of his neck of the woods, and always appreciate the keen insights into their aftermaths.

See, that wasn't so bad Bro!

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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Thank you for this terrific interview about a very interesting writer and southern gentleman. I fell in love with the shag when I attended a shag contest at Carolina Beach in the late 80's...sigh.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Alastar Packer is one of my most favorite writers in HubPages and certainly someone I would have loved to know in real life. Especially now that I know he would really do some "shag" dancing to beach music after dinner in a beautiful glass restaurant at the top of a luxurious hotel, overlooking the ocean. Oh, and not to talk about his special talent, giving marvelous back rubs unexpectedly.

Mmmm, pondering...

Alastar would, for sure, be an ideal main character in a romantic novel.

All joking aside, his writing skills as well as the topics of his hubs always impress; he is a writer worthy to follow with diligence.

Bravo, Maria, for introducing another writer among the cream of the crop via these attractive interviews of yours and thank you for mentioning me and the soapy, Hubville. By the way, as far as I remember you were on your way to meet Alastar for coffee in the café. Now I wonder if he surprised you with a back rub. You surely needed that after all the drama with the cats, or what am I talking?

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Maria. Alastar camr through with flying colors. He always puts together history in the most interesting light. I have moved away from my stance on the paranormal, because Alastar came forward as a witness. So now I am always watching for ghost.

Alastar you did a nice presentation here. Mar, thank you.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Maria, I always enjoy your interview hubs with fellow hubbers. I really enjoy learning more about our friends here at HubPages. You have done an excellent job! I have always enjoyed Alastar's hubs and I have enjoyed learning more about the unique man who is not afraid of his "softer" side. Congrats to both of you for being such awesome people! Voted up and awesome!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria and Alastar......Wonderful interview.....about an incredibly talented writer....and now that I know, a sweet and gentle soul with a love for the better, finer, more positive things in life. I so enjoyed this and am always impressed at how much these marvelous interviews brings us all so much closer to one another. Thank you, to both of you.....

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Car51 4 years ago

PS -- I noted: #30/ 30/ 60 Summer Challenge. But I have a feeling you are going to pass your own personal challenge, am I right?

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Car51 4 years ago

Glad AP came through. Will look forward to exploring his writings on southern history, from the viewpoint of a genuine son of the south! (I agree that Charlestown SC is one of the most beautiful places on earth!)

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Maria, I think this is my favorite interview to date. Alastar is such a kind and insightful writer. I have learned a great deal from him about North Carolina history and points of interest. He is a very unique individual many talents and one heck of a writer. Cheers to you for an outstanding interveiw!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wonderful interview and great questions for Alastar. Well written interview of a great guy. Alastar is one of our best writters here on hubpages. His insight into history is amazing. His articles are always well written. It is a joy to know and read Alastar here on hubpages. Congratulations Alastar!

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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I think Brenda said it best; “Authentic, intelligent” with a “genuine compassion.” That is the impression I have of Alastar when reading his work. I especially like his writings about the paranormal, which I find fascinating. Very nice interview with an original southern gentleman.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I enjoy reading Alastar's hubs. His war and paranormal stories are wonderful.

Maria, thanks for doing this awesome interview with one of my favorite hub authors.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Yeah, I am the first to comment! Mr. Alastar Packer is a personal friend of mine and he is one of the most authentic people I know. His honesty, enthusiasm for his craft and compassion for all living creatures is genuine. His talent is remarkable and his intelligence formidable. Am I making you blush Alastar? I hope so. Marcoujor, thank you for showcasing this man, fellow Hubber and friend.

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