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My Egotistical Attitude

Posted Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 6:55 PM

Editorial comment by Madeline: I hope my good friend will forgive me for posting this piece for him, but his blog has remained static far too long, and this might cause a rumor of his early demise. Even though Paul is not at all sure he LIKES this story, I feel that it's worth publishing, just so our readers can see what this amazing man has been able to accomplish in the so-called "waning" years of his life! He will be 97 years old on Nov. 27, 2011.

For the past few months I have been having some terrible pains in both my arms, and at my advanced age, I decided that this was just a bad case of arthritis, so I started rubbing on arthritis pain relief crème. This helped, but some of the pain was still there. I took a few aspirins, which helped, but the pain kept coming back.

I have always heard that exercise is the best medicine for arthritis, so I tried that, but the exercise I was getting seemed to make matters worse. Then I suddenly realized that the kind of exercise I was performing might just be my problem. You see, about all the exercise I was getting for these arms was a contortionist act I was performing, as I congratulated myself by patting myself on the back.

This being the case, I guess I will just have to go on suffering these terrible pains, because I am surrounded by mementoes that induce me to partake of this ceremonious form of exercise.

I have four nicely framed plaques from magazines and newspapers, thanking me for contributing articles for their publications. I have two plaques from the U. S. Forest service, thanking me for my volunteer help with "Passport In Time" Archaeological Projects. Then there is one from the Historical Society for my support on the Lewis & Clark bicentennial, by helping to build the "Red-House" in Cape Girardeau Mo. There is the one from Zalma High School Alumni, which is on a black background with gold letters reading; "To Paul Corbin For Outstanding Community Service."

Another one is from the Missouri Department of Conservation, thanking me for my donation of over $25,000.00 worth of Native American Artifacts, which are on display at their Nature center in Cape Girardeau. Last, but not least, there is the plaque which was presented to me as "Citizen Of The Year 2003," by my home town of Advance Missouri.

After reading this far, I can well imagine that you are inclined to agree with me, that I am some kind of an egotistical freak. But since I have gone this far, I may as well add more material to this list, which should eliminate any doubt.

I will mention here that I have published two books--"Reflections From Missouri Mud" and "Fragments Of My Fickle mind." When the River Heritage Museum was writing their book, "Heart Land Heritage", they asked for and were granted permission to use four articles I had written.

The Missouri Archaeological Society asked for data and pictures, so they could publish an article about my archaeological experiences. The magazine, "Life In The Ozarks" also asked for data so they could write their own story about my life in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.

If you don't mind wasting more of your time, you might go to GOOGLE in your computer and type in, "Paul Corbin Advance Missouri. After that, type in "Fragments of my fickle mind by Paul Corbin" and see what you can come up with. When you type in "Paul Corbin Railroad Towns" you can see my picture and when you click on audio #1 you can hear me telling about the railroad coming to Advance. Click on audio #2 and I will tell you about growing up in South Bollinger County and walking five and one half miles to high school.

If you are not completely disgusted with all this trivia, you can contact me at pcorbin94@att.net or call 573-722-3505 and I will tell you how you can read 122 articles that I have had published in various magazines and newspapers.

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I am, as always, in awe of the wonderful things that you have accomplished Mr. Corbin. You are a true civic treasure. Congratulations on your many awards and recognitions, you deserve them all. If only more people were like you!

-- Posted by farmwife2 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 8:32 PM

That is so true, farmwife! And, if the truth were known, he did not tell half of the good things he's done for his community and for other less fortunate people in his life!

He may jokingly refer to himself as "egotistical," but nothing is farther from the truth. He is really a modest, unassuming man and an asset to his community!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 6:45 AM

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Paul Corbin is a 100-year-old historian, humorist, and amateur archaeologist from Advance, Mo. He grew up in the Greenbrier area west of Advance, where he attended Stepp School on the banks of Cato Slough and the Castor River, important waterways throughout his life. In an age when many area residents did not go to high school, the young Corbin made the decision to walk the five miles to Zalma, graduating in 1933. Throughout his life, he was an enterprising businessman, selling Watkins products from house to house throughout a large area - and later opening a variety store in Advance. He and his wife Geneva traveled throughout the United States, even following the route that the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled. His knowledge of Native American culture is extensive, and he has donated a sizeable collection of his artifacts to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill. Throughout the years, he has submitted articles to TBY, the North Stoddard Countian, the Ozark Mountaineer, and several other Missouri publications. He has also written two books - "Reflections in Missouri Mud," and "Fragments of my Feeble Mind." The first one is out of print.
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