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The Wonders of Arkansas
Arkansas is a unique place that outsiders have a hard time summing up in a few words. The state is mostly Southern but also a tad Midwestern and a bit Southwestern. It’s a place that defies easy characterization. Rex Nelson, the author of “Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder,” takes a trip around the state to visit some of its most colorful people, places and events.
About Rex Nelson
Rex Nelson of Little Rock is one of the state’s most high-profile writers and speakers. He has had a long career in journalism, government and public affairs and been honored through the years by organizations as varied as the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the Arkansas Municipal League, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism and the Arkansas chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson the 2016 Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas.
Nelson, the author of Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder, is viewed as an expert on Southern history, culture and politics. He writes a column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state’s largest newspaper, and is the author of the popular Southern Fried blog at www.rexnelsonsouthernfried.com. His feature stories regularly appear in magazines across the region. Nelson is an Arkadelphia native and a summa cum laude graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. He has served as the radio voice of the Ouachita football team for more than three decades. The broadcast booth at Cliff Harris Stadium was named for him in 2015. In 2016, Nelson was inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.