Archive for the ‘Moonshine’ Category

Rest In Peace, Popcorn

March 17, 2009

On Monday, the country lost one of it’s greatest hillbillies. Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, who some of you may recognize from the History Channel’s docu-show “Moonshiners, Bootleggers, and Rumrunners” was a notorious moonshiner from Tennessee/North Carolina. He died Monday. A lot of people think he killed himself. Why do they think this, you ask? Because he was supposed to go to prison for 18 months on Friday.

What would a little old man like Popcorn get in trouble for?

Authorities who searched his home and a storage unit in Maggie Valley, N.C., said they found just under 1,700 gallons of moonshine, three stills capable of producing up to a thousand gallons of alcohol and large supplies of moonshine ingredients. They also found firearms and ammunition.

That would make sense now. And seeing as how he’s gotten busted multiple times before this, it’s really not shocking. But, still, moonshine is a part of the Appalachian tradition, not matter how awful it tastes or how fast it could kill you, dammit.

As a side note, its always fun for me to read the comment section on articles, just to see what some crazy people say about said article. This one produced a gem. After about 25 people posted their comments fawning over Popcorn, one guy had the audacity to insinuate that this guy is a criminal and no one should be calling him a hero. The next guy then said Jesus was considered a felon and that the first guy must be a soulless bastard. A third guy then said that Popcorn was like Jesus because Jesus turned water to wine, and Popcorn basically did the same by making moonshine from corn. The comment section then devolved into a religious argument. I cannot make this shit up.

But still, Popcorn, Jesus-like or not, had a funny name and made booze so I have no problem with him. Next time you have a drop of the ol’ shine, think of Popcorn.